Opera: Steps to the Stage is a new series of opera talks developed to be entertaining to patrons who love opera as well as those who are developing an interest in opera or classical music. From never before seen materials from backstage and the Metropolitan Opera Archives, to technological graphics, this lecture gives patrons a fresh point of view on what it takes to be a part of an opera.
This series approaches educating the public about opera with the subject by addressing materials and themes that are relevant to today's library patrons, such as the lecture "Opera in Ebony" which introduces some the well-and-lesser known people of color who have made international opera careers, and the lecture "Name That Opera!" which helps audiences realize that they may already be familiar with opera, by exploring the use of opera in popular TV, Film & other media.
Learn about the ultimate sacrifice that a woman has to make- who must choose between her love affair with a younger man or her fleeting youth.
This singing lecture features a short discussion of famous arias, includes live singing. It is accompanied by virtual orchestra
Great voices come in all skin colors: This lecture is a tribute to African American Opera Singers
This fun presentation engages patrons with scenes from film and TV, and introduces them to operas through scenes and arias they have already been exposed to in popular culture. From The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to the WWE, explore opera in unexpected ways. In this opera talk we will discuss how opera is used in popular culture, specifically movies and commercials. Featured movies include The Shawshank Redemption, Carmen Jones, and Fatal Attraction.
Opera 101: What in the Heck is Opera is Opera: Steps to the Stage's signature lecture. A three-part-series, this lecture covers opera from it's roots in the renaissance through to modern day.
Quest for Gold and Power (4 part series). Considered Wagner's monstrous works of over 15 hours, this series explores the fight between good and evil through gold, power and popular tunes.
A TALE OF TWO DIVAS: CALLAS & TEBALDI:
Was the stage big enough for both of them?
Carmen rules with power through her feminine prowess. Learn about the ill fated love affair that caused by lust and jealousy.
Leontyne Price: Prima Donna Assoluta
Leontyne Price is highly regarded as one of the greatest operatic sopranos of all time. We will explore her humble beginnings and her rise to stardom through an interactive timeline and discussion.
Opera meets art in this story of obsession
Dream and Hope of the Slave in Spirituals and Slave Narratives
From slavery to salvation, cotton has shaped the African American Experience. This singing lecture uses spirituals and slave narratives to explore the role of cotton in the African American experience from past to present.
Aida: Love Triangle gone wrong or right?
In this opera talk we will explore one of Verdi's famous love triangles that entangles deceit, lust and ultimately betrayal.
Delve into Mozart's fairytale opera with the heroic Tamino who loves the entangled Pamina.