As I’ve been itemizing opera firm schedules within the Seasonal Record part of OperaGene, I used to be stunned to see that Annapolis Opera will kick issues off early, in August even. Their manufacturing of La bohème runs August 26 (Friday) and 28 (Sunday), however that’s not all. To get you ready and within the temper for a return to opera, the corporate has organized a preview for Saturday, August 13 titled, “An Night at Café Momus”. Common Director Kathy Swekel describes “this colourful and opening occasion” as a “vivid recreation of Café Momus”. She additional reviews:
“The decor is, in fact, nineteenth century Parisian café. Friends will get pleasure from wine and hors d’oeuvres as Nationwide Gallery of Artwork Curator of French Portray, Kimberly Jones transports them to the world of nineteenth century France. Maestro Craig Kier speaks about Puccini’s composition of the opera, and a forged member brings picks of La bohème‘s music to life. The night additionally options the revealing of the Annapolis Opera’s fiftieth Anniversary collectable poster.”
For those who bear in mind, Café Momus is featured in act 2 of La bohème, because the enjoyable gathering spot for younger bohemian artists who’ve encounter an enabling bit of money. Throughout the night, Mimi and Rodolfo proceed to fall in love, and Musetta stokes Marcello’s jealousy in a hilarious try and reignite their love affair. For enjoyable, this scene is likely one of the greatest that opera has to supply. An Night at Café Momus organized by Annapolis Opera provides followers an opportunity to expertise the scene from the within, and with Curator Jones and Maestro Kier talking, it additionally guarantees to be each enlightening and deepening of 1’s appreciation for La Bohème, many individuals’s favourite opera.
Annapolis Opera seems to be present process a renaissance beneath Inventive and Music Director and Conductor Craig Kier who joined AO in 2020, simply because the COVID pandemic arrived. My spouse and I attended final 12 months’s AO manufacturing of Into the Woods and tremendously loved the efficiency. We had been additionally extremely impressed with the standard of the efficiency; we skilled the opera home as a real Broadway Stage. Director Kier feedback on the 2022-2023 season:
“Welcome to the Annapolis Opera’s fiftieth anniversary season! What a thrill it’s to current a season that captures the complete breadth of operatic storytelling as we have a good time our previous 50 years and look to the long run. Our season options composers spanning almost 200 years with mainstage performances of a brand new co-production of Puccini’s beloved traditional, La bohème, the corporate premiere of Kurt Weill’s musical tragedy, Misplaced within the Stars, and the return of Mozart’s comedic masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro. As well as, we welcome artists in live performance with our annual Voices of Our Time efficiency alongside our thirty fifth Annual Vocal Competitors and provide numerous free occasions all year long with our standard Perception Collection training programming.”
All’s nicely that ends nicely, but it surely doesn’t harm to have a terrific starting, and this 12 months, Annapolis Opera does.
The Fan Expertise: An Night at Café Momus shall be held within the Bowen Theater within the Maryland Corridor for the Inventive Arts in Annapolis on Saturday, August 13. Tickets can be found at this hyperlink. Parking on the Corridor is free. Subscriptions for the 2022-2023 season can be found. As of late, nonetheless at all times verify an organization’s web site to seek out out what COVID insurance policies shall be in impact for occasions you propose to attend.
In closing, let me add that Annapolis is a superb city to go to. It’s the capital of Maryland and each the Naval Academy and St. John’s School are there. It has a waterfront, historic buildings, and nice eating places. Actually, simply writing that sentence causes my mouth to water and lengthy for one more go to to Vin 909’s wine by the glass lists and gourmand delicacies, or chowing down on seafood at Boatyard Bar and Grill, or lunch at Eastport Kitchen with its artistic menu, and contemporary made donuts at breakfast at Ruth and Chick’s; I may go on and on. Make it a weekend and benefit from the city in addition to the opera!