Annapolis Opera Announces Craig Kier as New Music & Artistic Director

Annapolis Opera announces Craig Kier as their new Music & Artistic Director. This new position for Craig Kier begins on July 1, 2020.

Kier will succeed Ronald J. Gretz, who announced his retirement after serving as the company’s Artistic Director for more than 37 years.

“It is an honor to have been selected to lead Annapolis Opera into its next chapter, building upon the success of Ronald J. Gretz’s legacy,” Kier noted in a press release. “I look forward to bringing emerging artists and established artists to Annapolis in the years ahead to perform diverse programming which is both familiar and new to our audiences. I am thrilled to lead Annapolis Opera forward during this exciting time in the Opera’s history.” -Craig Kier

Next up for Annapolis Opera is a production of “Susannah” on March 13 and 15, 2020.


American Conductor Craig Kier has already received high praise for his “Tesla-like intensity” and “impeccable orchestral support” while leading performances throughout the United States and on international stages. Since becoming the Director of the Maryland Opera Studio at The University of Maryland, Mr. Kier has expanded the footprint of the program’s activities. Beginning in the 2015-2016 season, he has led an annual commissioning prize as part of the Maryland Opera Studio New Work Reading Series, giving composers and librettists an opportunity to cultivate their creative voices, emerging artists an opportunity to work directly with a creative team on a work written specifically for them, and audiences an opportunity to be exposed to new work and observe the creative process. Along with his dedication to the development of New Work, Mr. Kier organized a festival celebrating the work of Kurt Weill, in coordination with The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, which included his leading performances of The Road of Promise, Mahagonny Songspiel, and Street Scene. Recent performances in the season included his debut with Indianapolis Opera leading La bohème, his return to Opera Birmingham for Tosca, performances of The Nutcracker for Houston Ballet, and his debut leading the Schwabacher Summer Concert for San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program.

In the current season, Kier leads Tosca for Annapolis Opera, continues his relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra and their music director, Gianandrea Noseda, leads performances of The Nutcracker with Houston Ballet, and shares the podium for Houston Ballet’s Jubilee of Dance in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. He also leads Ariodante and The Cunning Little Vixen with Maryland Opera Studio and returns to Brevard Music Center, leading their Opera’s Greatest Hits Concert and Die Entführung aus dem Serail.


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