Ticket to the Opera: Fairy Tales and Folk Legends

Welcome to Ticket to the Opera—Zoom version!

We hope that in this class all of us—opera connoisseurs, amateurs and newbies alike—will savor some great music, learn about this art form, share perceptions and opinions, and enjoy each other’s company.

Our theme this year is Fairy Tales and Folk Legends and our four operas, available through Metropolitan Opera on Demand, are:

         Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

         Massenet’s Cendrillon

         Dvorak’s Rusalka

         Rossini’s La Cenerentola

We will spend two weeks on each opera.  First we’ll preview the story line/libretto, composer and performers and delve into highlights of the music. Before the next class, we’ll watch the designated Met Opera performance on our own (rentals from Met on Demand cost approximately $4.95 each and are available from the Metropolitan Opera Website for 48 hours).

At the next class we will share our thoughts about the Visual Aspects of the production (set, scenery, costumes, interpretation) and the Performance Aspects (music, acting, singing, individual performances).  We aim for and anticipate lively discussions.

Short presentations are also encouraged and are meant to be an interesting learning experience, shared with interested learners.  Choose something you want to know more about:  opera story/libretto, composer biography, performers, leading a discussion.  You don’t have to be an expert:  ALL contributions are welcome and valued.

For access to the operas online, check out the Met Opera website (metopera.org), click on Met on Demand, scroll down and find the title you are looking for. When you find the opera you are interested in, there will be an opportunity to rent that one opera, or you can enroll in Met on Demand (1 week free, then $14.95 monthly)

For details about the weekly class meetings, check the Syllabus page


© Linda K. Shamoon 2020