Opera AACC Stages ‘La Traviata’ As 10th Anniversary Finale

| June 21, 2012
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Opera AACC, the opera company at Anne Arundel Community College, performs the final production of its celebratory 10thanniversary season when it stages Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” over the next two weekends.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday, June 22; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28; and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, all in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

“La Traviata” is a three-act opera based on Alexander Dumas’ “La Dame aux Camelias.” It follows the story of courtesan Violetta Valery, played by AACC music faculty member Joy Greene of Annapolis, and Alfredo Germont, played by rising artist Peter Drackley of Baltimore. They meet at a gathering and fall in love, but money issues and interfering friends and relatives lead to misunderstanding and separation.

Under the guidance of Douglas Brandt Byerly of Baltimore, impresario and director of the department of performing arts at AACC, and James Harp, stage director and director of Lyric Opera Baltimore, the large cast includes professional singers and instrumentalists, AACC and Towson University faculty, students from the Peabody Conservatory and students in AACC’s orchestra and opera programs.

Tickets are $25 general admission; $15 for AACC faculty and staff, seniors, groups and outside students and $5 for those with a valid AACC student ID. For ticket reservations and sales, contact the box office at boxoffice@aacc.edu or 410-777-2457 or visit in person. Call ahead for hours of operation. Let the box office know if a member of your party needs special accommodations or call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations.

Photo: Violetta Valery, played by Anne Arundel Community College music faculty member Joy Greene of Annapolis, and Alfredo Germont, portrayed by Peter Drackley of Baltimore, profess their love for each other in a scene from “La Traviata,” the final production of Opera AACC’s 10th anniversary season. 

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