Join the Annapolis Opera for our Sixth Annual Singable Feast, a gala evening of fine dining, live and silent auctions, followed by a concert featuring outstanding young opera artists.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Loews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street, Annapolis, MD
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Meet the Artists
Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano, is currently a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. In the 2015-2016 season, she sang the roles of Charlotte in Werther and Frugola in Il tabarro. She is a recipient of Encouragement Awards from the Lucia Albanese-Puccini Vocal Competition and the New Orleans Regional of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as Grant winner of the Giulio Gari Vocal Competition. She can be seen this summer at the Aspen Music Festival singing the role of Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict. Favorite roles include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Stockton Opera), Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri (AVA) and Ruggiero in Alcina (Napa Music Festival).
In 2013-2014, Daniel Scofield made several new house and role debuts. In the fall and winter, he was Danilo in The Merry Widow with Opera Columbus; and returned to California for Falstaff with Opera Santa Barbara, covering Falstaff, and singing Pistola; and his Opera San Jose debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni. In December, Daniel joined the Annapolis Opera in their season opening “Celebrate Opera” concert; and made his Carnegie Hall debut in Feuersnot with the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein. In summer, he performed Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Southern Illinois Music Festival; and joined the ensemble of Fidelio at Santa Fe Opera. Current engagements include the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Columbus, and Valentin in Faust with Tri-Cities Opera.
In past seasons, Daniel Scofield performed Sonora in La fanciulla del West, and Falke in Die Fledermaus with Knoxville Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Loon Opera; Joseph de Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Opera Fayetteville; and Tonio in Pagliacci in his debut with Opera Idaho. Daniel sang his first Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles, garnering reviews stating, “it is Scofield’s powerful baritone that drives the action.”
Daniel was Wagner in a new production of Faust with Arizona Opera, as well as Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly. As a resident artist, he performed the role of Ben in The Telephone, as well as Albert in Werther. He covered Sharpless, Silvio, Alfio, and Valentin with Arizona Opera, and participated in recitals ranging from art song to music theater.
In 2010-2011, Daniel apprenticed at Seattle Opera where he was seen as Mamma Agatha in Viva la mamma, and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia. After finishing his apprenticeship, he returned to Indianapolis Opera to perform Baron Douphol in La traviata.
A native of Binghamton, NY, Daniel has performed with Seattle Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Cleveland, Brevard Music Center, Central City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Augusta Opera. He has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Dean Southern, as well as Indiana University, under the instruction of Timothy Noble. Mr. Scofield is winner of several prizes, including the District and Regional Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera Council, and the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship from the Cleveland Singers Club. He was also a semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition.
Ronald J. Gretz
Artistic Director & Conductor
Ronald J. Gretz
Artistic Director & Conductor
Ronald J. Gretz is celebrating his 34th 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.