Lyric Opera Lecture Series

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Lyric Opera Corps Docents Moderate Each Discussion

7-8:30 PM • Multipurpose Room

Registration Required

We will see you in September for the 2014/2015 Season.

2013/14 Season
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi

Thursday, September 26

Otello, the Moor of Venice, is worshipped for his prowess at war, beloved by his gentle wife Desdemona, and despised by his supposedly loyal ensign, Iago. Iago hints over and over that Desdemona is unfaithful.

• Commentary: AUDIO CD 782.1 VERo; AUDIO CD 782.1 GRE, pt. 2
• Libretto: 782.10268 VERDIo
• Recording: CD OPERA VERo
• Season Companion: 782.1 LYR
• Visual: 782.10267 VERDIo

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Thursday, October 17

Lovely geisha Cio-Cio-Sa is a child bride who gives up her family, religion and culture to marry an American naval officer. After a few nights of ecstasy, he sails away to America. Cio-Cio-San gives birth to his son and is devastated when he returns with an American wife.

• Commentary: AUDIO CD 782.1 PUCm
• Libretto: 782.10268 PUCCINIm
• Recording: CD OPERA PUCm
• Season Companion: 782.1 LYR
• Visual: 782.10267 PUCCINIm

Parsifal by Richard Wagner

Wednesday, October 30

The knights of the Holy Grail are charged with protecting Christendom’s most sacred relic. Yet time after time, these supposedly incorruptible guardians succumb to the pleasures of the flesh, tempted by the enchantress Kundry and the machinations of the evil Klingsor.

• Commentary: AUDIO CD 782.1 WAGp
• Libretto: 782.10268 WAGNERp
• Recording: CD OPERA WAGNER, R. PAR
• Season Companion: 782.1LYR
• Visual: 782.10267 WAGNERp

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Wednesday, November 13

Violeta, a desirable Paris courtesan, is sought after by society’s most important men, but she’s wealthy and perfectly content with her carefree existence – until she meets Alfredo Germont. Alfredo’s father pushes them apart, and although they are reunited in the end, it is much too late.

• Commentary: AUDIO CD 782.1 VERt
• Libretto: 782.10268 VERDIt
• Recording: CD OPERA VERt
• Season Companion: 782.1 LYR
• Visual: 782.10267 VERDIt

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr.

Thursday, December 5

Eisenstein is being sent to jail for insulting a civil servant, his wife is being secretly romanced by an amorous tenor, his maid wants to crash the prince’s party, and his old friend is looking for revenge because after a costume ball, Eisenstein left him in a park dressed as a bat!

• Commentary: AUDIO CD 782.1 STRf
• Libretto: 782.10268 STRAUSSf
• Recording: CD OPERA STRf
• Season Companion: 782.1 LYR
• Visual: 782.10267 STRAUSSf

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

Thursday, January 23

Figaro is Seville’s multi-talented barber and can answer anyone’s problems. Rosina and her handsome Count Almaviva want to marry, but Rosina’s guardian Dr. Bartolo wants Rosina for himself. What to do—call on Figaro to solve the problem.

• Commentary: AUDIO CD 782.1 GRE, pt. 2
• Libretto: 782.10268 ROSSINIb; 782.1 ROS
• Recording: CD 782.1 OPERA ROSb
• Season Companion: 782.1 LYR
• Visual: 782.10268 ROSSINIb

Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak

Thursday, February 13

The water nymph Rusalka longs to be mortal so that she can pursue a handsome prince who almost drowns in her magic pond. She seeks out a witch so she can cast a spell, but Rusalka must give up her voice. Both of their souls will be damned if the prince is fickle. He is tempted by a foreign princess and they are indeed damned.

• Recording: CD OPERA DVORAK, A. RUS
• Season Companion: 782.1 LYR
• Visual: 782.10268 DVORAKr

La Clemenza di Tito
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(no lecture scheduled)

Emperor Tito came to power because his father seized the throne, but he strives to be merciful despite betrayal around every corner. Now, the deposed emperor’s daughter, Vitellia, wants either to become Tito’s wife or to have him murdered by Sesto, her lover and Tito’s closet friend!

• Libretto: 782.10268 MOZARTc
• Season Companion: 782.1 LYR
• Visual: 782.10267 MOZARTc