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PAST INSIGHT SERIES EVENTS

SUNDER: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES FILM

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.

Why Fairytales Matter

Speakers: Sarah Kilduff & Kelly Topita

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

For thousands of years people of all ages have been transfixed by fairytales, but what gives these stories their unique power of enchantment? Compare how the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella have changed over time as we explore the common themes and symbols of fairytales serving as touchstones for societal values across different cultures.

Considering Sondheim

Speaker: Craig Kier, Annapolis Opera Artistic & Music Director

Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Artistic and Music Director Craig Kier leads a discussion that explores the uniqueness of the late Stephen Sondheim and his Tony Award winning musical, Into the Woods. Part of an oeuvre that reinvented the American Musical, Into the Woods premiered in 1987 on Broadway where it ran for 764 performances. Maestro Kier discusses how Sondheim and librettist-director James Lapine use familiar fairy tales in entirely new ways with a delightfully twisted plot and gorgeous music that leaves us all considering others more deeply, while affirming the importance of community values.

PRE-SHOW TALK

Speaker: Hannah Epstein

Friday, March 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM | Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 2 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Please note that there will be no Pre-Show Talk on Saturday, March 19.

Musical theater aficionado, Hannah Epstein will unveil the underlying elements and messages of Into the Woods. What was the impetus for the creative team of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, for using beloved fairy tales for the context of their storytelling? Discover details about the plot, interesting musical elements of the score, and the storytelling of this acclaimed production.