About

Annapolis Opera has provided professionally staged operas and concerts for the mid-Atlantic region for over 40 years.

Mission

The mission of Annapolis Opera is to enhance the cultural life of the region by presenting artistically excellent opera programming and educational experiences while furthering the development of emerging performing arts professionals.

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Vision

The vision of the Annapolis Opera is to be recognized as a vital community cultural asset and partner; a valued source of knowledge and appreciation of opera as an art form; a vehicle for the development of emerging performing arts professionals; an innovative, inclusive and financially robust regional opera company.

History

In 1972 a group of artists from the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater Youth Group got together and gave birth to the Annapolis Opera Company. Their search to cast the title role for Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Medium led them to soprano Martha Wright, an active performer, and producer, who turned down the role but instead agreed to produce the opera and more importantly for the future of Annapolis Opera, to take on leading the organization. This became the very first Annapolis Opera production and Martha Wright became its first President.

The Annapolis community supported the company from the outset. For seven years the company used several performance spaces: the U.S. Naval Academy, St. John’s College, Annapolis High School and even the Hilton Hotel ballroom, which was the site of the first performance, before finding a permanent home in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts as a founding resident company in 1979, a relationship that continues today.

Annapolis Opera has benefited from the leadership of Artistic Director, Ronald J. Gretz, and Stage Director, Braxton Peters, who have headed the artistic staff for many years, providing artistic continuity and integrity. The company has expanded into the community and provided educational programming for all ages including special operas for children and lectures on the art form to organizations and community groups.  The Annual Vocal Competition, established in 1988, is a recognized stepping stone for young artists in the Mid-Atlantic region in their career development.

Since its founding, forty-five years ago, seventeen Presidents have led the organization and carried Annapolis Opera to its current position. Members of the Board of Trustees have included several mayors of Annapolis, retired leaders of government and business, educators, retired opera singers…people from all walks of life who share a love of opera.

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Annapolis Opera Production History

2020 – 2021

Acis & Galatea

2020 – 2021

2019 – 2020

Tosca, Susannah

2019 – 2020

2018 – 2019

The Barber of Seville, Carmen

2018 – 2019

2017 – 2018

Little Women, La Traviata

2017 – 2018

2016 – 2017

South Pacific, Madama Butterfly

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016

Faust

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015

Cosi fan tutte

2014 – 2015

2013 – 2014

La Boheme

2013 – 2014

2012 – 2013

Aida, Rigoletto

2012 – 2013

2011 – 2012

Romeo and Juliet

2011 – 2012

2010 – 2011

The Marriage of Figaro

2010 – 2011

2009 – 2010

Tosca

2009 – 2010

2008 – 2009

Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci

2008 – 2009

2008 – 2009

Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci

2008 – 2009

2007 – 2008

Carmen

2007 – 2008

2006 – 2007

The Barber of Seville

2006 – 2007

2005 – 2006

The Magic Flute

2005 – 2006

2004 – 2005

Madama Butterfly

2004 – 2005

2003 – 2004

The Mikado

2003 – 2004

2002 – 2003

Die Fledermaus, La Traviata

2002 – 2003

2001 – 2002

La Boheme, Don Giovanni

2001 – 2002

2000 – 2001

Rigoletto, Cosi fan tutte

2000 – 2001

1999 – 2000

Tosca

1999 – 2000

1998 – 1999

The Marriage of Figaro

1998 – 1999

1997 – 1998

Carmen

1997 – 1998

1996 – 1997

Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow

1996 – 1997

1995 – 1996

The Elixir of Love

1995 – 1996

1994 – 1995

La Traviata

1994 – 1995

1992 – 1993

La Boheme, The Student Prince

1992 – 1993

1991 – 1992

The Mikado, Carmen

1991 – 1992

1990 – 1991

Die Fledermaus

1990 – 1991

1989 – 1990

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Madama Butterfly

1989 – 1990

1988 – 1989

HMS Pinafore

1988 – 1989

1986 – 1987

Amahl and the Night Visitors

1986 – 1987

1983 – 1984

Rigoletto, Cosi fan tutte, The Merry Widow

1983 – 1984

1982 – 1983

The Barber of Seville, The Medium, Man of La Mancha

1982 – 1983

1981 – 1982

Die Fledermaus, La Boheme

1981 – 1982

1980 – 1981

La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel

1980 – 1981