'Student Prince' to open opera season Annapolis troupe plans reception

The Annapolis Opera will offer on Sunday an evening fit for a prince -- a student prince.

The performing arts organization has scheduled a reception for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sylmar Corp.'s Clock Tower Place, 1410 Forest Drive in Annapolis.


Participants will have a chance to hear excerpts from the company's season opener, Sigmund Romberg's "The Student Prince."

Tickets are $35, with proceeds going toward the production. Donations are tax-deductible.


Reservations for the reception may be made by calling 987-3189 263-2710.

Nine caterers are donating food and beverages for the event. Reservations will be limited to the first 150 people.

During the reception, Steve Cramer, who plays Prince Karl Heinrich, and Carla Delvillaggio, who plays the barmaid Kathie, will sing one of the operetta's best-known numbers, "Deep In My Heart."

Mr. Cramer also will join Thomas Zielinski, who plays Engel, in singing "Golden Days."

"The Student Prince" will open the Annapolis Opera's 21st season next month.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 15 and 3 p.m. Oct. 17.

Both shows will be at Annapolis Senior High School, 2700 Riva Road. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17.50 for students and seniors.

"The Student Prince" is the story of the romance between Crown Prince Karl Heinrich and the beautiful barmaid, Kathie, during his carefree student days at Heidelberg University.


Mr. Cramer, who plays the title role, is a veteran of local theater. He has sung with the U.S. Army Chorus, New York's Metropolitan Repertory Opera and the Washington Opera Company.

He studied at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., and lives in Columbia.

Ms. Delvillaggio has performed lead soprano roles with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, N.Y., and sung with the Orlando (Fla.) Opera Company.

She has performed extensively as a soloist and lives in Baltimore.

Mr. Zielinski, also a Baltimore resident, is returning to the Annapolis Opera Company for a second season.

Last year, he played Marcello in the company's production of Puccini's "La Boheme."


His previous experience includes performances with the Chicago Lyric Opera and with companies in Lithuania and Germany.

Also returning to the Annapolis Opera are stage director Braxton Peters and conductor Ron Gretz.

Tickets for "The Student Prince" may be obtained by calling 253-2710 or 267-8135.

Other events of the Annapolis Opera season include musicals and a vocal competition scheduled for Jan. 29.