Insight Series

Our popular Opera Insight Series events are presentations on a variety of topics related to our operas and programming. Featuring renowned guest speakers who are well-versed in their topic of discussion, each Opera Insight event aims to provide audiences with a larger depth and breadth of knowledge about a production.

Don’t wait to reserve your seat! Space is limited, and these events do sell out. Registration closes 24 hours before the event. If you would like to register after this time, please email kswekel@annapolisopera.org.

Donizetti and His Intoxicating Elixir of Love

Speaker: Craig Kier, Artistic & Music Director
Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 205 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

This event is FREE to attend; pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Created by bel canto’s foremost composer of the first half of the 19th century, Gaetano Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love has captivated audiences since its 1832 premiere. Maestro Craig Kier explores the music behind this infectious masterpiece that continues to bubble with delight and amusement!

Donizetti and His Intoxicating Elixir of Love
Potions, Concoctions and Cocktails

Potions, Concoctions and Cocktails

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Bowen Theater | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Tickets: $50. Space is limited.

From ancient potions to modern punch bowls, mixed drinks have a surprisingly long history. Learn the stories, purpose, and magic of elixirs we now call cocktails!

Join us for an exclusive event led by cocktail experts Derek Brown and Maria Bastasch, as they unveil the secrets and allure behind your favorite mixed drinks.

Renowned in the realm of mixology, Derek and Maria will not only guide you through a captivating exploration of the origins and evolution of cocktails but also share insider tips on crafting the perfect concoctions. Our hosts will showcase their expertise with an engaging cocktail-making demonstration, and indulge guests in a delightful tasting session.

Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this event promises an unforgettable journey into the world of cocktails.

The Elixir of Love Pre-Performance Discussion

Friday, March 15, 2024 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 2 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 205 | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

This event is FREE to attend; pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

From its 1832 premiere to now, The Elixir of Love has welcomed audiences to imagine a love transcending social boundaries. Musicologist Nicole Steinberg explores the intricacies of Donizetti’s comedic masterpiece by analyzing the historical context in which it was written and premiered, diving deeper into its witty libretto, and investigating its enduring musical appeal.

Pre-Performance Discussion
Artist Talk-Back

The Elixir of Love Artist Talk Back

Speaker: Craig Kier, Artistic & Music Director, and the cast of The Elixir of Love
Sunday, March 17, 2023
Maryland Hall, Main Theater | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

This event is FREE to attend.

Join Annapolis Opera’s Artistic and Music Director, Craig Kier, with members of the cast for a brief conversation following the Sunday matinee performance of The Elixir of Love. This conversation will commence shortly after the performance concludes. Guests are encouraged to move downstage to the front of the theater where the Q&A will be held.