Insight Series


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In addition, and in compliance with each venue’s COVID-19 policy, audience members are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces, regardless of their vaccination status.

Please note that if you do not have proof of vaccination, you will not be allowed to attend.



Composer: Nailah Nombeko
Librettist: Alicia Haymer
Stage Director: Amanda Consol
Musical Director: Jonathan King
Videographer: Antonino d’Urzo, Opusrite

Co-produced with Annapolis Opera, the University of Maryland School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio shares a behind-the-scenes film in advance of the premiere of this season’s rescheduled New Work Reading: Sunder. This preview film gives a backstage look into last semester’s opera rehearsal process in preparation for the live performance of this work in August 2021. 

Premieres Friday, August 27, 2021 at 7 PM
Available through Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 12 AM
*Virtual Event*

Annapolis Opera Sunder
Cinderella Opera Insight Series

Exploring the Unmistakable Music of Rossini

Speaker: Craig Kier, Annapolis Opera Artistic & Music Director

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Written at the youthful age of 25, Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella offers many of the hallmarks of Rossini’s writing for the theater. We’ll explore what makes his music – written at the height of the bel canto period – unmistakable, with its infectious melodies and ability to move audiences from laughter to tears in a matter of moments!

From Concept to Execution

Speaker: David Lefkowich, Stage Director

Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Stage Director, David Lefkowich, shares his vision for this new co-production of Cinderella, exploring how he and the design team have set this production in the 1950’s. Learn about the creative team and artisans behind the scenes that bring the opera to life through the designing and building of sets and costumes, and the countless details that create a successful production set in this time period!

Pre-Show Talk

Speakers: Melissa & Stephen Osmond

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Retired opera singer, Melissa Osmond and Stephen Osmond, a retired symphony conductor, will navigate you through one of Rossini’s greatest operas – Cinderella! This beloved fairytale has no magical Godmother or glass slipper but is filled with disguises, deceit and humor in this new 1950’s setting. They will also explore the operatic composition life of Rossini, which was very busy, yet mysteriously short-lived.