LEADER: Harold Kuskin has been an opera lover and Metropolitan Opera subscriber for over 45 years, a backstage tour guide at the Metropolitan Opera House for 15 years, a lecturer on opera for the Princeton Festival, and an instructor on opera at the Evergreen Forum.
THURSDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., 7 weeks: February 28 through April 11
LOCATION: The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville
This course is designed to be enjoyed by opera newcomers and those knowledgeable about opera. Extensive illustrative videos will accompany lectures and discussions. The first session will review basics, including voice categories, vocal techniques, and how the Metropolitan Opera House functions. Remaining sessions contain all new material devoted to: exploration of how opera singers are trained, comparisons of performances of the same arias by different artists, comparisons of different productions of the same opera (ranging from traditional to avant garde), an examination of how an opera is created, and discussion of racism in opera with respect to Asians and African-Americans.