Four Operas of Love and Loss Live from the Met Opera

Facilitators:      Michael Meringolo, 267-2991), mbmeringolo@gmail.com David Barone ,377-9237, dpattonbarone@gmail.com                                    Dates:               Fridays, March 24– April 28, 2017 (6 weeks)                                                                 Time:               9:30 AM 11:30 AM                       Text:                 Recommended-New York Times Essential Library: Opera: A Critics Guild to the 100 Most Important Works & Recordings, by Anthony Tommasini Presentations:    Encouraged but not required

The Live HD program from the Metropolitan Opera, now in its 11th season, has made opera offered at one of its premier international showcases more accessible and affordable, and has arguably influenced how this art form is presented and experienced. We will explore these trends as well as discussing four romantic operas to be broadcast in the next few months: Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette (January 21); Dvorak’s Rusalka (February 25); Verdi’s La Traviata (March 11); and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (April 22). Class participants are encouraged to attend these broadcasts (offered at the Cinemark on Timberline at 10:55AM on the above dates - ticket price $23), in order to fully participate in and benefit from the class. During our discussions we will watch and listen to highlights from these and other operas and discuss such topics as:

  •  Experiencing opera in a theater compared to a live setting;

  •  New interpretations of Romeo, Rusalka and La Traviata and other classic operas - we will consider the critical response and discuss whether they enhance the opera-going experience;

  •  Comparison of current to legendary performers - e.g., the Violetta role in Traviata previously sung by Maria Callas, Beverly Sills, Angela Gheorghiu and Renee Fleming;

  •  Musicals styles of the operas, including ethnic signatures in the two eastern European operas.