Welcome opera buffs and those who are just beginning their acquaintance with this exciting art form that combines timeless music, glorious singing, intense acting, interesting librettos, artistic set design and superstar personalities.  Thanks to the amazing technology of HD video shown in select local cinemas, we will take a (virtual) front row seat at live Metropolitan Opera performances and “stand next to” the stars between acts.

We will preview the story line of each opera, meet its composer, and delve into a variety of topics, such as: historical/political setting, major arias, current stars, set design/costumes. After the performance we will share our thoughts about the acting, interpretation, music, costumes, set design and more.

Guest speakers will add an extra dimension to our learning.

By the end of the course we aim to deepen our knowledge and appreciation of this art form and, perhaps, join the millions of dedicated opera fans worldwide.

We will preview the four Met in HD operas scheduled for the fall.   Turandot:  Sat. October 12, Wed. October 16

               Manon:  Sat. Oct. 26, Wed. Oct. 30

               Madama Butterfly:  Sat.Nov 9, Wed. Nov.13

               Akhnaten:  Sat. Nov.23, Wed. Dec. 4

A full schedule of performances can be found at https://www.metopera.org/season/in-cinemas/

 Location: Temple Beth-El, Providence

Course calendar: 10 weeks: Thursday Sept. 19 to Thursday, December 5, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.


ExpensesClass fee: $60

      •  Opera tickets:  Students will purchase their own tickets to performances at area movie theaters https://www.metopera.org/season/in-cinemas/

Format: Coordinators and class members work together to develop collaborative classes.  Participation in class discussion is highly encouraged. Presentations are also encouraged and are meant to be an interesting learning experience, shared with interested learners.  ALL contributions are welcome and valued.


We anticipate that class members will make every effort to attend Met Opera in HD performances.

© Penney 2019