In-person location TBA + Live steaming on Zoom
Feb 15, 2022 Don Carlos in depth I
Feb 15, 2022 Don Carlos in depth II
Don Carlos begins in the public world of religious strife, dynastic formation, the duties of government, and the fate of nations. Then after the climactic auto-da-fé scene it withdraws into an intensely personal world of love, disappointment, betrayal, loss, and renunciation. Verdi’s feelings ran strong in both spheres, here woven together as nowhere else. As we have done recently with Wagner operas, we will work through the music and plot step by step in our first two meetings.
Nov 30, 2021 Operas for Children
A festive romp through the ten best operas for children (and grandchildren).
Nov 16, 2021 Eurydice
Tuesday Morning members will recall Matt Aucoin from a pair of visits he made some years back as a young pianist and aspiring composer. Now his opera is arriving at the Met (premiere Nov. 23).
Nov 9, 2021 Why Russia?
With practically no tradition or old masters to build on, Russia in the late 1800s claimed a musical status to rival Italy, France, and Germany, which had been working on it for several centuries.
Oct 19, 2021 Die Meistersinger in Depth - Act III
Oct 12, 2021 Die Meistersinger in Depth - Act II
Oct 5, 2021 Die Meistersinger in Depth - Act I
Since this approach proved so rewarding for our deep dive into Wagner’s Ring cycle, we will go through the composer’s most uplifting opera in the same way, act by act - storytelling, musical highlights, analysis, and samples of the great interpreters.
Sept 28, 2021 The Original Boris
The Met has promised Mussorgsky’s original for the first time. What does that even mean? Plus: the cultural politics of 19th century opera.
Sept 21, 2021 Fire Shut Up In My Bones
The columnist, the book, the composer, and the cultural politics of 21st century opera.