'La Traviata' to highlight opera season

September 09, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

The Annapolis Opera has announced the details of its 1994-'95 season, an ambitious slate of performances and musicales highlighted by the presentation of Verdi's "La Traviata" at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in November.

The season begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 with a musicale at the Marian Hall of St. Mary's School on Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis.

The musicale is planned as a benefit for Arundel Habitat for Humanity.

The program will feature arias from opera settings the world over.

Soprano Carla Delvillago, bass-baritone Michael Begley and other Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition laureates will perform

excerpts from such operas as Gounod's "Faust," Offenbach's "La Perichole," Puccini's "Turandot" and Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio."

The international motif is in tribute to the worldwide humanitarian presence established by Habitat for Humanity, according to Thea Lindauer, co-manager of the Annapolis Opera.

A preview of "La Traviata" will be presented at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Paca House in Annapolis.

Soprano Deborah Lawrence, tenor Stephen Cramer and baritone Jason Stearns will be on hand to present highlights from the season's centerpiece.

Love, drama, tragedy and supremely beautiful music will be in the air when Violetta, Alfredo and the gang appear in the $H full-length "La Traviata" at Maryland Hall at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Ronald Gretz will conduct the performances.

On Dec. 11, the Charles Carroll House in Annapolis will provide the setting for a Candlelight Musicale featuring arias by Mozart and many other noted 18th-century composers.

The annual Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition has quickly become one of the "must-sees" on the local concert circuit, as talented young singers from all over Maryland vie for cash prizes and recognition from audience and judges alike in an exciting evening of song.

This season's competition takes place at Key Auditorium on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis at 8 p.m. Feb. 4.

For additional information about the 1994-95 Annapolis Opera season, call 263-2710.

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