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Maryland Opera Studio, Fall 2011 - Saturday, November 19th through Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The UMD School of Music presents

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 Theatre

Maryland 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!:

  Writings on Opera Aesthetics

  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

  Recordings

  Scores

  Books: biographies, criticism, and writings on Puccini's compositional process

Gian Carlo Menotti - Amelia al Ballo   Recordings

  Scores

  Books: biographies, criticism, and writings on Menotti's compositional process