Annapolis Opera production postponed till October


The recession continues to take its toll on the arts. The latest victim is the Annapolis Opera, which has announced that it is postponing its spring production of "The Mikado" because of financial difficulties.

Instead, the company will stage two performances of "The Mikado" in October as part of its 1991-'92 season. And rather than put on a second opera in the spring of 1992, the Opera will offer a concert of opera selections that have yet to be determined.

A production of "The Marriage of Figaro," planned for the fall, has been put off indefinitely.

Harry Lindauer, president of the company, said last week that the cost-cutting measures were needed because higher-than-anticipated expenses and lower-than-expected ticket sales left the opera $10,000 "in the hole" after its fall JTC production of "Die Fledermaus." In addition, fund-raising is $10,000 below projections, he said, with several businesses that were counted on for contributions of $500 or more giving only a fraction of that amount.

The Annapolis Opera has an annual budget of about $70,000.

Mr. Lindauer said the Opera's annual student vocal competition would not be affected by the austerity measures. The date of the next competition is Feb. 1, 1992, at St. John's College.

Memorial service

A memorial service for Wendy Robinson, the noted dance teacher who died earlier this month, will be held today at 3 p.m. in the George Peabody Library of the Peabody Institute.

Also, an endowed fund has been initiated at the Peabody Prep in Ms. Robinson's name to support teacher training in the Royal Academy of Dancing method and to provide scholarships for gifted students.

Checks payable to the Peabody Institute may be sent to Dean Fran Zarubick, the Peabody Preparatory, 21 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, Md. 21202.

Arts and technology

Maryland Art Place and University of Maryland Baltimore County's Visual Arts Department are calling for entries for a fall show focusing on the use of technology in the arts.

The show, "DADA/DATA: Developing Medias Since 1970," will "present art that has been created, manipulated, realized or performed with electronic and/or digital tools." . . . These tools include devices and medias such as: film, video, computers, robotics, interactive systems, photography, holography, printer outputs, artificial intelligence, behavioral modeling, fractal geometry, music synthesis, animation, new materials, performance, multi-projections and installations."

The deadline for submissions for the show, to be held in November at MAP and UMBC, is April 27. For information, call 962-8565.

Benefit auction

The National Museum of Ceramic Art will hold a benefit auction and reception Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, 250 W. Pratt St. Glass and ceramic items donated by artists will be auctioned and entertainment will be provided by the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.

Tickets are $40 each and include admission to Baltimore's Winter Market craft fair. For information, call 837-2529.

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