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Kurt Weill Festival: The Road of Promise
Sunday, October 7, 2018 . 7:30PM
Dekelboum Concert Hall
 
The School of Music’s Kurt Weill Festival opens with The Road of Promise. This semi-staged oratorio features the combined forces of the UMD Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Opera Studio, the UMD Concert Choir and SOM alumni. Adapted from the original 1937 work, The Road of Promise takes the audience through a journey that ends with renewal and hope. Set in a synagogue on a night of fearful waiting during the 'timeless night of Israel's persecution.' As the congregation gathers to wait what lies ahead, they turn to their Rabbi who begins to recount for them iconic stories from Jewish scripture. These biblical scenes unfold musically, set in motion by the Rabbi in a manner not unlike that of the Evangelist in the passions of J.S. Bach.
 
 
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
November 16 - 19, 2018
Kay Theatre
 
W.A. Mozart, composer
Lorenzo Da Ponte, librettist
 
Regarded by many as the greatest opera of all time, this tale of deception is a romantic comedy accompanied by some of the most beautiful and familiar music ever written. Mozart takes audiences on a hilarious adventure as Figaro and Susanna overcome plotting and jealousy to make it to their wedding day. A winning combination of music and mischief.
 
 
Opera New Work Reading
Friday, February 15, 2019 . 7:30 PM
Gildenhorn Recital Hall
FREE
 
The New Work Reading is the premiere performance of the winning piece of the Third Annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The UMD School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio and The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program established the UMD Opera Composition Contest in 2016 as part of their ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that addresses socially relevant themes.
 
 
Kurt Weill Festival: Zaubernacht & Mahagonny Songspiel
April 5 - 11, 2019 . 3 PM & 7:30 PM
Kogod Theatre
 
Zaubernacht
Kurt Weill, composer
Wladimir Boritsch
Mahagonny Songspiel
Kurt Weill, composer
Bertolt Brecht, librettist
 
The Maryland Opera Studio juxtaposes two of Weill’s earliest works for the stage — Zaubernacht (1922) and Mahagonny Songspiel(1927). An enchanting work about two small children whose toys come to life, Zaubernacht (1922) also features a dance portion that will be performed by TDPS students. Mahagonny Songspiel (1927) is a scenic cantata set in a fictitious American town and marks the beginning of Weill's collaboration with Bertolt Brecht.
 
 
Kurt Weill Festival: Street Scene
April 12 - April 20, 2019
Kay Theatre
 
Kurt Weill, composer
Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes, librettists
 
The Maryland Opera Studio presents Weill's Street Scene, a work that brilliantly combines elements of opera and musical theater and that is widely acknowledged as one of the composer's masterpieces. Set in a crowded tenement in 1940s New York City, the opera portrays life among a diverse group of working-class immigrants and the climactic events of one sweltering summer day. Based on a story by Elmer Rice with lyrics by Langston Hughes, Street Scene addresses social justice issues, race and the complexity of human relationships.
 
Sung in English with supertitles.
 
 
Opera al Fresco
Thursday, April 25, 2019 . 12:30 PM
Grand Pavilion
FREE
 
Drop-in for some light opera. This audience favorite concert offers a casual preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s scene study performances in The Clarice's expansive Grand Pavilion.
 
 
Opera Scene Study
May 2 & 3, 2019 . 7:30 PM
Gildenhorn Recital Hall
FREE
 
First-year Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) students demonstrate their talent in this showcase featuring duet scenes from a wide operatic repertory. To keep the focus on beautiful, pure sounds and vivid acting, the performance is accompanied only by piano and minimal props.