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Opera AACC Celebrates 10th Anniversary Season

Jan. 5, 2012

      A century after Oscar Hammerstein II produced the original New York debut of “Naughty Marietta,” a new adaptation of the comic operetta comes to life at Anne Arundel Community College as the opening production of Opera AACC’s 10th anniversary season.

      Victor Herbert and Rida Johnson's classic “Naughty Marietta” gets a fresh update by Douglas Brandt Byerly of Towson, founder and artistic director of Opera AACC, and chair of performing arts at AACC. Leading the cast are AACC music faculty members Frederick Rey (Pikesville), tenor, as Captain Dick and Carrie Anne Winter (Rockville) as Marietta; with supporting roles adeptly performed by Catrin Davies (Baltimore) and Jarrod Lee (Baltimore).

      The curtain rises on this merry tale of pirates, pioneers, royalty, wenches, battles at sea and on land at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 27 and 29 and Feb. 3 and 4 in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater on the Arnold campus. Ticket sales are under way.

      Directing the show is Jay David Brock, a visiting professor of theater at the Catholic University of America. Providing musical direction is Anna Binneweg, D.M., associate professor of performing arts at AACC and music director of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. She will conduct the Opera AACC Orchestra and company.

      Rounding out the creative team are: Peter Kaiser (Annapolis), set designer; Michael Klima (Towson University and University of Maryland Baltimore County), lighting designer; Megan Morse Jans (Annapolis), artistic director of Dragonfly Dance Experiment, choreographer; A.T. Jones and Sons of Baltimore, costume design; Diane Kinsley (Arnold), vocal coach and accompanist; and Eleanor Minor (Bowie), chorusmaster.

      This version of “Naughty Marietta” follows the storyline of the original, which is archived at the Smithsonian Institution. After consulting with the Victor Herbert Foundation in New York, Byerly made sanctioned cuts and dialog edits to create a more cohesive and vital storyline without losing any of the wonderful music. His adaptation cut the show’s original running time by 30 minutes.

      Inclement weather dates are Feb. 10 and Feb. 11. Reserved-seat tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for senior citizens, groups, students and AACC faculty and staff and $5 for those with a valid AACC student ID. Contact the box office for ticket sales and reservations at 410-777-2457 or Be sure to let the box office know if a member of your group requires special accommodations.

About Opera AACC
Opera AACC's mission over the past 10 years has been to give students the opportunity to collaborate with professional production staff, emerging young artists and exceptionally talented community members creating opera in an intimate and supportive environment. Several of the artists who have worked with Opera AACC have gone on to first-tier houses throughout the world, including the Met, Washington National Opera, San Francisco, Houston, Covent Garden and La Scala.