Maryland Opera Studio, Fall 2011 - Saturday, November 19th through Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Maryland Opera Studio: Amelia al Ballo and Il Tabarro
Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 7:30 pm Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 3:00 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 7:30 pm Kay TheatreMaryland Opera Studio's annual piano operas, featuring minimal props and scenery, bring the talents of the vocal program's second-year Master's degree students into sharp focus. The Fall 2011 production features two works that allow the artists of the Maryland Opera Studio to flex their creative muscles.
Giacomo Puccini's Il tabarro ("The Cloak"), directed by Leon Major, is part of a triptych of one-act operas that includes Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. A moody romantic tragedy quite different in tone from the better-known Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro displays the composer's lyrical gifts to their fullest.
Gian Carlo Menotti's Amelia al Ballo ("Amelia at the Ball"), directed by Nick Olcott, is an opera buffa in one act. Written in 1937 when Menotti was 23 years old, it was his first critical success.
Learn more about Puccini, Menotti, opera aesthetics, and the Maryland Opera Studio in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library - and don't miss the display devoted to the Fall 2011 Opera Studio production in MSPAL!:
Maryland Opera Studio - Books and Recodings: includes information on director Leon Major's 2011 book The Empty Voice: Acting Opera
Giacomo Puccini - Il Tabarro Film
Books: biographies, criticism, and writings on Puccini's compositional process
Gian Carlo Menotti - Amelia al Ballo Recordings
Books: biographies, criticism, and writings on Menotti's compositional process