Opera New Work Reading: Sunder - Maryland Opera Studio

Opera New Work Reading: Sunder

Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, August 27, 2021 . 7:30PM
Principal People: 

Nailah Nombeko, composer

Alicia Haymer, librettist

Amanda Consol, stage director

Jonathan King, music director

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Estimated Length: 
This performance will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.
Program Notes: 

Co-produced with Annapolis Opera, the University of Maryland School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio presents the rescheduled performance of last season's New Work Reading: Sunder. This performance will be sung in English.

Heartfelt chants ring out in a southern small town that’s had enough of the police criminalizing the poor. White protestors have occupied space downtown in the People’s Plaza, fighting for the freedom of homeless Black people who have been arrested for petty crimes, and given astronomical bail. Turmoil threatens to come between two close friends at the helm of the movement, as the protestors decide if they should remain peaceful, or amp up their efforts with force. In the midst is a Black police officer, who struggles to find his authenticity in a hotbed of justice, race and morality. What will become of a movement, once mighty, that loses its way because of a need for power?

Watch this behind-the-scenes preview film that was produced during the Spring 2021 semester.

About the Maryland Opera Studio:
Under the direction of Craig Kier, the Maryland Opera Studio is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from classic repertoire to provocative new works, it is building contemporary audiences for opera and advancing the art that sustains them.

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