Annapolis Opera was founded in 1972 by a group of local artists who were connected to the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre Youth Group. In an effort to mount a production of Gian-Carlo Menotti's "The Medium," Martha Wright, then co-producer of children's musicals with the Tom Thumb Players at the old Plaza Movie Theater was contacted. She responded to the challenge, and not only agreed to produce the production, but to begin what has become the Annapolis Opera.
Annapolis Opera was formed and organized to develop and maintain a professional opera company of artistic excellence for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. It is intended to provide emerging artists of outstanding potential from the Mid-Atlantic region with performance and professional development activities. Annapolis Opera also provides an educational program, which serves area residents from elementary school children to senior citizens. Annapolis Opera presents several outstanding special events that have become extremely popular with the citizens of the region.