Exploring Opera: Met Early Spring HD Insights
Thu, February 23, 2017 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Join singer/instructor Deborah Rosengaus or instructor James Sokol for insights into the live (and in encore) operas that are part of the Met Opera HD series, seen at local cinemas in February and March. Video and audio clips bring the excitement of performance into the discussion! The classes will focus on:
February 23rd - Deborah Rosengaus brings to life Dvorak’s lush Rusalka, an operatic retelling of the mermaid-turned-maiden legend, commonly known as The Little Mermaid. To hear soprano Renée Fleming sing a clip from the opera’s soaring “Song to the Moon,” please click here
March 9 - James Sokol shares insights into Verdi’s stunning La Traviata, the classic tale of the courtesan with a heart of gold which started as book, then play by Alexandre Dumas, jr. (The Lady of the Camellias) has also been turned into ballet and films (think Greta Garbo in Camille or Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge). However, the opera remains the most beloved and performed version of all. To hear soprano Venera Gimadieva and tenor Michael Fabiano sing the famous Brindisi (“Drinking Song”) from Act I, please click here.
March 23rd - Deborah Rosengaus returns to focus on Mozart’s melodious Idomeneo, the opera seria (“serious opera”) about the King of Crete’s vow to sacrifice to Neptune (the God of the sea) the first living creature he meets ashore should he return to his homeland safely after a storm. Alas, the first person he sees turns out to be his own son, who is loved by two different women. A love triangle? A sacrifice? Come find out how it all plays out set to Mozart’s gorgeous tunes! To hear soprano Hildegarde Behrens sing the Elettra’s Act III Aria “D'Oreste, d'Ajace,” please click here.
Deborah Rosengaus, is a versatile mezzo-soprano having studied opera, theater, music and dance and is known for her exciting, high energy performances and for creating memorable and endearing characters. With a uniquely flexible voice, as comfortable in Verdi as it is in Rossini, she has delighted audiences around the world with her rich timbre and sparkling coloratura. Ms. Rosengaus holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with international opera diva Mignon Dunn, and a Bachelor’s from the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music.
$45 – Series
$17 – per class for OLLI and JCC members (w/advance registration
$20 – per class for public and all day-of registrations
Please call 415.444.8000 to register.
Please note: Registrations are non-refundable.