Faust

Faust with Man

Loosely based on Goethe’s epic drama, Gounod’s Faust was conceived at the height of the French Grand Opera era. This fully-staged production presents timeless human themes of longing for love, the desire for salvation and redemption, and the costs of making a bargain with the devil.

  • Performance Dates

    Friday, March 18, 2016
    8:00 pm

    Sunday, March 20, 2016
    3:00 pm

    Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
    801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

  • Ticket Pricing

    Section A
    Seats $82 (General)*

    Section B
    Seats $67 (General)/$27 (Student)*

    *includes ticket fees

    Join us one hour before each performance for a talk by AO Advisory Trustee, Nancie Kennedy.

    Student Dress Rehearsal
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM
    $5 with valid Student ID – otherwise by invitation only

Meet the Singers and Production Team

Joshua Dennis

Faust

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Joshua Dennis
Faust

Possessing a tenor voice the New York Times declares is filled with “youthful ardor,” tenor Joshua Dennis is excited to debut the role of Faust with Annapolis Opera.  He sings his first performances of Roy Dexter in the American premiere of Arizona Lady with Arizona Opera and will be singing Alfredo in La traviata with Opera Columbus in the 2015-16 season. He also joined  Dallas Opera for its world premiere of Heggie’s Great Scott and returned to the Santa Fe Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. His future engagements include a return to Arizona Opera for a world premiere. Last season, he sang his first performances of Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opera Naples and joined the Santa Fe Symphony for Handel’s Messiah as well as a concert of opera favorites and Gotham Chamber Opera for its double bill of Martinů’s Alexandre bis and Comedy on the Bridge.  

Mr. Dennis recently returned to Santa Fe Opera as Jacquino in the company’s new production of Fidelio. Previously as an Apprentice Artist with the company, he sang Serano in La donna de lago, scenes of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Ruggiero in La rondine, as well as covered Alfredo in La traviata, Count Elemer in Arabella, and Frank Harris in the world premiere of Morrison’s Oscar. He also recently sang Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Eugene Opera.

The tenor is also a previous Apprentice Artist of Des Moines Metro Opera, where he sang scenes of Grimoaldo in Rodelinda and Jacquino in Fidelio. He was a district winner and finalist in the northeastern region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the National Association of Teachers of Singing Singer of the Year in 2011 and first place winner of the graduate division in 2010. 

He holds a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University, where he studied with tenor Bruce Fowler.

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Jamie Offenbach

Mephistopheles

Jamie Offenbach

Jamie Offenbach
Mephistopheles

Jamie Offenbach’s signature roles have earned him raves reviews for his defining character portrayals and vocal strength in a career spanning over thirty years. He is a frequent guest artist with companies that have included Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Baltimore Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Nashville Opera, Hawaii Opera, Michigan Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Arizona Opera, Opera Carolina, Florentine Opera, Dallas Opera, Colorado Opera Festival, Opera Colorado, Pittsburgh Opera, Toledo Opera, Kentucky Opera, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, and Savonlinna Finland Music Festival.

His performance as T.J.Rigg in Florentine Opera’s production of Elmer Gantry earned two Grammys for the 54th annual Grammy Awards in 2012. The recording was also #1 pick on Opera News’ Top 10 List of complete opera recordings for 2011.

Recent engagements have included Mephistopheles in Faust with Hawaii Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Toledo Opera, Beijing China, and Michigan Opera Theatre. Upcoming 2016 engagements include Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hawaii Opera Theater, and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Austin Lyric.

Mr. Offenbach has appeared as a featured soloist in concert with the Beijing China Winland Christmas Gala Concert, Pacific Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Colorado Springs Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, and the Joseph Papp NY Public Theater.

A native of Honolulu, Mr. Offenbach holds a Bachelor of Music and has studied at the University of Hawaii, New York University, and the Juilliard School of Music. In addition to his background in Opera, Mr. Offenbach has performed extensively in musical theater as a dancer and singer in regional, summer stock, Off-Broadway, and National tours. He may be heard on Angel Records’ recording of Gershwin’s Blue Monday and on the 2012 Grammy nominated Naxos Label recording of Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry.

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Shannon Jennings

Marguerite

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Shannon Jennings
Marguerite

Soprano Shannon Jennings has been described as “a lilting voice that tugs at the heartstrings.”  A winner of the 2015 Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, and an Encouragement Award winner of the 2016 Florida District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, her recent performances include Mimì in La bohème with DC Public Opera, the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah as a young artist with Ash Lawn Opera, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Florida Opera Theatre. A graduate of Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artist program, she was recently seen as Josephine in HMS Pinafore, where she was praised for her effervescence and glittering high notes.

Other roles with Virginia Opera included Micaëla (cover) in Carmen, and Guenevere in Camelot, for which AltDaily praised Shannon as “the perfect blend of beauty and spirit” after she stepped in for the detained lead for a nearly sold-out performance. Other young artist residencies have included being a two-year Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, and the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany, where she began her career playing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.

Other roles in her repertoire include Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Monica in The Medium, and Tuptim in The King and I. Originally from Orlando, FL, Shannon is a graduate of Florida State University, where she was sought after for collaborations in 20th and 21st century music, due to her instrumental background, musicianship, and ability of perfect pitch. She is also as much an actress as a musician, which is a hallmark of her performances. Upcoming engagements include singing Anne Sexton in Transformations as a participant in the 2016 Merola Opera Program, and joining Pittsburgh Opera as a Resident Artist for the 2016-17 season.

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Keith Harris

Valentin
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Keith Harris
Valentin

Praised for the distinctive warmth of his voice, clear diction, and exceptional musicianship, American baritone Keith Harris is captivating audiences in his performances on both operatic and concert stages. This season, Mr. Harris performs Albert in Werther with Mobile Opera, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for their production of The Merry Widow.

Recent performances include Valentin in Faust with Toledo Opera, a return to the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Werther, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, Marullo in Rigoletto with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera Tampa, and several appearances with the Festival lyrique international de Belle-­‐Île en Mer in France, including Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Iago in Otello, Ford in Falstaff, and, this past summer, Tonio in Pagliacci

No stranger to musical theatre, Mr. Harris performed as Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, Pirate Bras Pique in Naughty Marietta, and The Music Man with Baltimore Actors’ Theatre. He has appeared with the Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Holders Festival in Barbados, Nevada Opera, Opera of East Texas, El Paso Opera, and Skagit Opera. Noted roles in Mr. Harris’ repertoire also include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Escamillo in Carmen, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Athanaël in Thaïs, and Dandini in La Cenerentola.

Recent concert engagements include Karsa’s Brundibar with the Phoenix Symphony; Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Carmina Burana with the Savannah Philharmonic, Lancaster Symphony, Riverside Choral Society at Alice Tully Hall, National Chorale at Lincoln Center, and Distinguished Concerts International New York at Carnegie Hall; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Lancaster Symphony and the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Fauré Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society; Händel’s Messiah with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra; the world premiere of David N. Childs’ Requiem with the Manhattan Concert Productions in his Carnegie Hall début; and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Distinguished Concerts International of New York. Other concert engagements have included In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi with the Dessoff Choirs under the baton of James Bagwell; Argento’s Andrée Expedition with pianist Kenneth Bozeman at the Emerson Series in Wisconsin; Stephen Paulus’ So Hallow’d is the Time with the Greenwich Choral Society in Connecticut; Haydn’s Heiligmesse and Ed Lojeski’s Psalms of Passover with the New Jersey and Connecticut Choral Societies; and a world premiere of Morning Has Broken arranged by Bob Chilcott. 

A vocal competition winner, his numerous honors and awards include first prize in the Seattle Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, “Young Artist of the Year” with Opera Longview Vocal Competition in Texas, the Ellen Faull Gordon Northwest Vocal Competition, and the Ladies Musical Club Competition in Seattle. He holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

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Jason Buckwalter

Wagner
Jason Buckwalter

Jason Buckwalter
Wagner

American baritone, Jason Buckwalter is known for his “super-sized characters” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “theatrical fire.” (Baltimore City Paper)  A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Jason now lives in Baltimore and performs throughout Maryland, Virginia, DC, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, and the Young Victorian Theatre Company.

Operatic roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore; Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus; Schaunard, Marcello, Benoit, and Alcindoro in La Bohème. His portrayals of Benoit and Alcindoro in Chesapeake Chamber Opera’s production of La Bohème were praised by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun as “dynamic.”  Jason made his solo debut with Washington National Opera as Brühlmann in Werther.  Upcoming roles include Lescaut in Manon with the Opera Company of Brooklyn.

No stranger to the musical theater stage, Jason has also performed the roles of Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music at the Peabody Conservatory, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival, the Backwoodsman in Showboat with the Washington National Opera, and several roles with the Annapolis Chorale. Favorites there include Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls and Will in Oklahoma!  Mary Johnson of The Baltimore Sun called his portrayal of Will “stellar” saying “he not only sang impressively and displayed his flair for comedy, but he also held his own in dance.”  He was most recently seen there as Billy Bigelow in Carousel.  His “Soliloquy” was called “a tour de force” by DC Metro Theater Arts.

A seasoned concert performer as well, Jason has performed solos with choirs in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. He is a regular soloist with the Northern Delaware Oratorio Society where he sang both Brahms’ and Mozart’s Requiems and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. With the Annapolis Chorale, Jason sang solos in Monteverdi’s Vespers, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Haydn’s Creation. While at Peabody, Jason performed the role of Pilatus in Bach’s St. John Passion.  In May, Jason will perform his first Carmina Burana with the Harrisburg Choral Society.

Jason graduated magna cum laude from Susquehanna University and earned his Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. He was awarded the George Woodhead Prize in Voice and the George Castelle Memorial Award in Voice for his work at Peabody. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society.

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Jennifer Panara

Siebel
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Jennifer Panara
Siebel

Jennifer Panara, mezzo-soprano has received favorable reviews from critics in the United States and beyond. Lauded previously for her “flawless interpretation” of Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder with Philharmonischer Chor Bonn, she returned to the German city as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, where critics praised her “voice of immense brilliance and versatility” (General Anzeiger Bonn). Her recent performances as The Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors drew praise for her “rich, compelling” singing (Cincinnati Enquirer). As Flora Bervoix (La traviata) with The Santa Fe Opera, she was lauded by The New York Times for her “winning” portrayal of Violetta’s friend and fellow courtesan.

On the operatic stage, Jennifer was recently heard as an Artist-in-Residence with Dayton Opera, performing the role of Hansel (Hansel and Gretel). As a participant in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program (2014 & 2015), she covered Mere Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites) and the title role of Handel’s Richard the Lionheart. A member of The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Singer Program for two consecutive years (2012 & 2013), she appeared as Isolier (Le comte Ory) and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) in the Apprentice Scenes Showcase. Additionally, Jennifer was an Apprentice Artist with Opera Saratoga, covering the role of Dorabella (Così fan tutte). As a concert soloist, Jennifer has appeared with organizations including the San Francisco Bach Society, San Francisco Sinfonietta, San Francisco Choral Society, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphonic Orchestra, and the Dayton, Rochester, Bonn, and Cologne Philharmonic Orchestras.

Favorite operatic roles performed include: Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), which drew praise for her “delightful” and “spirited” portrayal of Roméo’s pageboy (San Francisco Classical Voice); the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo; Isolier (Le comte Ory); Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro); Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus); Mercédès (Carmen); and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte). Jennifer’s awards include the 2014 Sam Adams Award for Most Outstanding Operatic Performance as Kate Julian (Britten’s Owen Wingrave) at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), the 2013 Donald & Luke Graham Memorial Award from The Santa Fe Opera, and Third Prize at Opera at Florham’s 2013 Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition.

A native of Medford, New Jersey, Jennifer holds degrees in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was recognized for outstanding achievement in Opera Theatre; she recently earned an Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The 2015-2016 Season brings several company and role debuts, including Third Dryad (Rusalka) with Minnesota Opera and a series of concerts of Handel’s The Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. 

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Patrizia Conte

Martha
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Patrizia Conte
Marthe

Mezzo-soprano Patrizia DeCarmine Conte has received international acclaim for her combination of vocal beauty, superb musicianship (she has absolute pitch) and commanding stage presence in a repertory of over forty opera, concert and oratorio roles. 
 
A native of Long Island, New York, she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  She was also a full tuition scholarship recipient for operatic studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. 

Her major debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana in Miami earned her great acclaim: “A beautiful and powerful dramatic voice and a superb actress”.  The late Maestro Alfredo Silipigni of the New Jersey State Opera considered her Santuzza one of the finest he had ever heard.  Her Town Hall debut was described: “A voice of velvet.”  A finalist in the San Francisco and the Chicago Lyric Opera Auditions, the Concorso per Le Voci  Verdiane in Busseto and the Concorso Lirico in Parma, Italy,  Ms. Conte was a  protégé of the late Metropolitan Opera soprano Beverly Bower.  The late Jerome Hines acclaimed hers as a “Stignani” voice, recalling the great Italian mezzo.   Critics have praised  her “glorious, cello-like tones…we have not heard the contralto role [Messiah] sung with more beauty, warmth and joyousness.” 

She  has appeared at L’Opera de Montreal,  the Teatro Verdi di Busseto, the Kennedy Center, the Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, Wolf Trap, National Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Opera Pan Americana de Miami, Opera Delaware, Opera Omaha, Annapolis Opera and many others, singing under the baton of such renowned conductors as Robert Shaw, Nicola Rescigno, Joseph Rescigno, Alfredo Silipigni, Rudolf Kruger and Cristofer Macatsoris, and collaborating with such esteemed directors as Carlisle Floyd and Bernard Uzan in many productions,  including  Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca, Susannah, The ConsulIl Trovatore, Aida, Andrea Chenier and The Daughter of the Regiment.

She appeared in concert as featured mezzo/contralto soloist in the Bach Great Mass in b minor; Handel Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn  Elijah, Verdi Messa da Requiem, Michael Haydn Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Rossini  Stabat Mater, and many other works with the Metropolitan Chorus, Oratorio Singers of Westfield, the Morris Choral Society, the Easton Choral Arts Society, the Babylon Chorale and the Essex Chorale.

She debuted  in March, 2009 in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Annapolis Opera, Maestro Ronald J. Gretz conducting.  She also debuted with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey in August, 2008 under the baton of Maestro Robert W. Butts as Juno/Ino in  Semele of Handel and scored a triumphant return in August, 2009 as the plaintive Cornelia in Giulio Cesare: “Patrizia Conte’s Cornelia set the quality standard for the performance. The depth of her emotional artistry in the lamenting  ‘Priva son’  left this reviewer in tears.” (Peter Stevens, The Alternative Press).  In October, 2011, she debuted at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Concert Hall in Alexandria, Virginia, singing the mezzo role in the Rossini  Stabat Mater, Maestro Barry S. Hemphill, conductor.  She then was invited to make her Kennedy Center debut in December 2011 as contralto soloist in the Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra and 200-voice chorus, again under the baton of Maestro Hemphill. Subsequent appearances with the Annapolis Opera have been in Rigoletto (March, 2013) and in concert in “Celebrate Opera” (December, 2013). 

Patrizia Conte was appointed to the vocal faculty of the Conservatory of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in 2015.  In addition, she maintains an active private voice studio and is in demand as consultant, clinician for master classes and adjudicator.  Her critically acclaimed CD release, “The Art of Patrizia Conte”, is now available through her website.

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Chorus

SOPRANO
Mary Louise Anderson
Lynn Terrell Arnold
Esther Back
Tania Bindhoff
Victoria Rose Brown
Jennifer Dunn
Rebecca Hollerbach
Erin Jones
Carol Lord Openhym

ALTO
Meryem Ahmadian
Lauren Anderson
Ginny Morgan Arey
Nicole Swann Bowers
Brenda Doetzer
Patricia Hengen
Patricia Sampson
Donna Tatro

TENOR
Tae Cha
Ted Dietz
Norman Flora
Kameron Ghanavati
Joseph Kaz
F. Frank Lyman
Ethan Udovich
Ed Wintermute

BASS
Matthew Henry Frieswyk
Justin Hulman
Ted Mussenden
Steve Nealon
Claude Smith

SOLDIERS CHORUS*
Barry Bowdoin
David Carr
Will Kuethe
Gabe Taylor
*Doug Byerly, Director

Dancers

Sarah Bentov-Lagman
Katherine Desrosiers
Emely Godinez
Fern Holt
Ashlyn Odenwald
Elizabeth Zarrilli

The Academy Ballet School of Maryland
Eileen Razzetti, Director
Lindsay Johnson, Choreographer

Ronald J. Gretz

Artistic Director and Conductor

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Ronald J. Gretz
Artistic Director and Conductor

Ronald J. Gretz is celebrating his 33rd season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Annapolis Opera, a position that he has also held with both the Chesapeake and Harford Opera companies. Mr. Gretz served as chorus master and assistant conductor with the Baltimore Opera and Chautauqua Summer Opera in New York and has conducted Baltimore Opera’s Summer Opera. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Gretz returned to his alma mater for five years [1995-2000] as an Opera Coach. In 2012, he was again appointed to the Vocal faculty as a Vocal Coach where he remains as a part-time faculty member.

In addition to his work in opera, he has conducted musicals with Cock-pit-in-Court and various area dinner theaters. Internationally he has performed twice at the Kanagawa Theater Festival in Japan as well as in Shanghai, China. In 1994 Mr. Gretz was appointed conductor of the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 10 years. In 2004 he founded the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra and continued as artistic director and conductor until 2008. Mr. Gretz was named Professor Emeritus upon retiring from teaching at CCBC where he taught music theory for 41 years. His theory textbook “Music Language and Fundamentals”, published by McGraw Hill, is used throughout the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Gretz is also the organist and choir director at the University Baptist Church in Baltimore, a position that he has held for over 25 years.

Braxton Peters

Stage Director

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Braxton Peters
Stage Director

Known throughout the region, Stage Director Braxton Peters, has performed in or directed over eighty operas and musicals. In his twenty-five years with Annapolis Opera he has directed numerous productions including Don GiovanniLa bohème, Romeo et Juliette, Tosca, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, L’elisir d’amore, La traviata, The Student PrinceThe Mikado, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto and last season’s Così fan tutte. Mr. Peters is well known as a performer in musical theatre, having starred in Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, Camelot, A Little Night Music, Follies and Man of La Mancha (a role he performed with Annapolis Opera and Virginia Opera companies).

Mr. Peters teaches voice at the Community Colleges of Baltimore County, Essex and Catonsville campuses, and serves as the Stage Director for Little Patuxent Opera Institute, at Howard Community College.

Lorraine vom Saal

Costumer

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Lorraine vom Saal
Costumer

Lorraine vom Saal has been coordinating, designing, and building costumes for Annapolis Opera for many years, and is responsible for their costume rentals. She divides her time between designing costumes, her love of tennis, her family and her four grandchildren.

Arne Lindquist

Set Designer
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Arne Lindquist
Set Designer

Arne Lindquist has designed countless sets for Annapolis Opera. He is well known in the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington DC area as a stage director, educator, set designer and singer. He spent two years with Boris Goldovsky in his educational opera series at Carnegie Hall and with Frank Corsaro of the New York City Opera. Mr. Lindquist has toured extensively throughout the country with Goldovsky Opera Company and performed with the Lake George Opera Company of New York. In addition to his many national credits, and his many productions for Annapolis Opera, his local credits include Washington Theatre, Baltimore Comic Opera, Cock-Pit-in-Court, the Baltimore Opera, Harford Opera, and the Chesapeake Opera. As an educator, he was an opera stage director at the Peabody Conservatory of Music for 19 years, and is presently a stage, voice and choir director at the community College of Baltimore County – Essex Campus. Currently he is the artistic director for the Senior Star Showcase in Baltimore.

Joe Gladstone

Stage Manager
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Joe Gladstone
Stage Manager

Productions Joe Gladstone has done around the country include Just Another Man (world-premiere musical in Las Vegas), Richard III (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival),  Akhnaten, Tosca, Mefistofele, The Magic Flute, La Cenerentola, Eugene Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Ariadne auf Naxos, Faust, Così fan tutte, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, The Tales of Hoffmann, The Pearl Fishers, Il Trovatore, Il Tabarro, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, La Rondine, Le Cabaret de Carmen, David et Jonathas, Rain (world-premiere opera at Alice Tully Hall), The Play of Daniel, The Mikado, The Elixir of Love, Giulio Cesare, Little Women, Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Armide, Curlew River, Riders to the Sea, Candide, I Hate Hamlet, Cat on a Hot In Roof, Ten Little Indians, Runt of the Litter, La Cage aux Folles, Sweeney Todd, The Light in the Piazza,  The Sound of Music, Annie, The Phantom of the Opera, Crazy For You, Me and My Girl, Cabaret, Camelot, Mame, Fiorello!, Peter Pan, The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, The King and I, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon and City of Angels.  Also at the top of the list of favorites are Gala 100 for The National Yiddish Theatre- Folksbiene (Itzhak Perlman and a 20 piece klezmer band at Carnegie Hall) and Raising The Roof, also for The National Yiddish Theatre (at Town Hall in NYC celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, the 100th anniversary of the National Yiddish Theatre and Sheldon Harnick’s 90th birthday).  Joe is looking forward to Shot, a world-premiere opera at Nickel City Opera in Buffalo this June about the assassination of President McKinley which took place in Buffalo, and to The Play of Adam next December at The Cloisters.

Michael Klima

Lighting Designer

Michael Klima
Lighting Designer

Michael Klima is a freelance designer who has lived in Baltimore, MD since 1999. He shares his 1911 Baltimore row-home with his wife and son. Michael’s work with the Annapolis Opera includes The Marriage of Figaro, Romeo et Juliette, Aida, Rigoletto, La Bohème and last season’s Così fan tutte. He has worked with companies such as Syracuse Opera, the New England Conservatory, the Young Victorian Theatre Company and the Merola Opera Program.

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