Insight Series

INSIGHT SERIES EVENTS

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WHY MOZART?

Speaker: Craig Kier, Annapolis Opera Artistic & Music Director

Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 205 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

Created by arguably the greatest of operatic creative teams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s The Marriage of Figaro places comedy at the center of a probing exploration of deeply human stories amongst society’s classes. What is it about this opera that keeps audiences and performers coming back again and again to this memorable work? Join Maestro Kier as he explores the history of this work and why it continues to captivate audiences today!

Curtsies & Kicks: A Talk on Dance and Social Status

Speaker: Sarah Oppenheim, Choreographer,
The Marriage of Figaro

Saturday, March 4, 2023 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 206 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Tickets: $20 each, includes wine & cheese buffet

Social dances, like social graces, are an amalgam of class structures, movement fevers, and generational mores. The difference of cheek, long-practiced double standards, and systemic/problematic socialization are the reasons one generation might raise an eyebrow at a dancing body vs. rush to participate in the newest dance craze. What’s the difference between operatic dance and the club floor? Just a few inches of the hip and ideas about undulation! Join us as we discuss how tearing up the dance floor looked then, feels now, and promises embodied futures.

Curtsies & Kicks

PRE-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION

Speaker: Eric Stoltzfus, Tutor & Music Librarian, St. John’s College

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2 PM

Maryland Hall, Room 206 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; pre-registration required.

We expect the title character of Mozart’s opera to be the hero. But instead, Figaro’s finacee, the maid, Susanna, drives the outrageous plotting to its successful conclusion. Susanna’s improper but growing bond – dare we say friendship – with the noble Countess, is a glory of this revolutionary tale in which one marriage is on the rocks and one is suffering a most rocky beginning. Come hear how Mozart’s music proves this all to be possible.

PAST INSIGHT SERIES EVENTS

La bohème: Winter Scenes of Love

We are thrilled to welcome back the cast from our January 2022 postponed production!

While the cast was gathered here in January, they were as excited to share their performance as we are to present highlights of Puccini’s La bohème.

Opera Insight Series
Opera Insight Series

The Journey of La BOHÈME

Speaker: Craig Kier, Annapolis Opera Artistic & Music Director

Saturday, August 6, 2022 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 205 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Though hard to imagine, the premiere of Puccini’s now beloved La bohème garnered only a lukewarm audience response and even outspoken disappointment from critics. Join Maestro Craig Kier as he discusses how Puccini ultimately created one of the most successful and oft-performed operas of all time. 

An evening at cafe Momus

Speaker: Kimberly Jones, Curator of French Painting at the National Gallery of Art

August 13, 2022 | 6 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Be immersed in the world of La bohème! Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while the National Gallery of Art Curator of French Painting, Kimberly Jones, takes you to 19th century France. Hear the opera’s music come to life with a performance by an opera cast member.

La Boheme Pre-Performance Discussion

Pre-Performance Discussion

Speakers: Stephen and Melissa Osmond

Friday, August 26, 2022 | 6:30 PM
Sunday, August 28, 2022 | 2 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

This free pre-performance discussion – led by soprano, Melissa Osmond, and husband, Stephen Osmond, conductor laureate of the Jackson Symphony – explores the life and times of Giacomo Puccini, composer of one of opera’s most beloved works, La bohème. Learn how Puccini expresses the individual personalities of every Bohemian we encounter in this unforgettable story.

KURT WEILL’S AMERICA

Speaker: Craig Kier, Annapolis Opera Artistic & Music Director

Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 205  | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

Join Artistic and Music Director, Craig Kier, as he explores Kurt Weill’s life and the American identity he embraces after emigrating to the United States in 1935. His influence on Broadway was immediate and long-lasting, as was his ability to tell stories that appealed to audiences then and now!

Kurts Weill's America

THE SOUTH AFRICA OF LOST IN THE STARS – THEN AND AFTER

Speakers: Professor Phiwokuhle Mnyandu & Professor Emeritus Robert Russell Edgar

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308  | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

This inside perspective on the history and effects of Apartheid in South Africa is presented by Howard University African Studies experts, Professor Phiwokuhle Mnyandu & Professor Emeritus Robert Russell Edgar.

PRE-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION

Speaker: Hannah Epstein

Friday, October 28, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 2 PM

Maryland Hall, Room 205  | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

Hannah Epstein will facilitate a lecture and discussion of Kurt Weill’s last score for Broadway. We will explore the musical theater climate of the 1940s, the novel the show is based on, and the musical style of the creative team.