The Met Live in HD: Introduction to the Operas

Plan to attend the broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, Live in High Definition. Then get an introduction to each opera before you go.  Join Kathryn Bumpass, Professor Emerita of Music at CSU Fresno, for preludes to the operas.

Schedule: 4 Wednesdays February 17- March 9, 2:00 – 3:55pm

2/17 Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Puccini’s treatment of a well known story. A young woman of considerable charm and a fatal weakness for luxury lives as a mistress to a wealthy man, though she loves another. Kristina Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann star. Register Online

2/24 PucciniMadama Butterfly - A young American naval officer falls in love with the geisha Butterfly and marries her according to Japanese custom. He leaves for three years, during which time Butterfly has his child. When he returns he brings an American wife and tragedy for Butterfly. Kristina Opolais sings the title role. Register Online

3/2 Donizetti: Roberto Devereux - One of Donizetti’s operas on English history.  Robert, loved by Queen Elizabeth is accused of treason, but she will release him if he swears loyalty. Sara, wife of the Duke of Nottingham, is also in love with Robert, who returns her affection. The jealousy of her husband     
results in death for Robert. Matthew Polanzani, Elina Garanca and Mariusz Kwiecien star. Register Online

3/9 Strauss: Elektra - Sister and brother Elektra and Orestes seek to avenge the murder of their father Agammenon at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. A violent update of Greek literature. Esa-Pekka Salonon leads the performance. Register Online

**As an additional offering we will explore two historically and musically important operas not on the Met HD series, Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable and Boito’s Mefistofele. Students may register for the classes individually, for the Met series separately and/or the additional operas. Register Online

*Schedule: 2 Wednesdays March 16 and 19, 2:00 – 3:55pm*
3/16 Meyerbeer: Robert le diable - Giacomo Meyerbeer was the leading composer of French grand opera in the 1830s and 1840s. His Robert le diable (Robert the devil) shocked the Parisian public in 1831.  Come see why. Register Online

3/23 Boito: Mefistofele - Arrigo Boito is perhaps best known today as the librettist of Verdi’s last two operas, Otello and Falstaff. He was a composer himself, though, and Mefetofele, his one completed opera, gives us a devil of a different sort. Register Online

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LOCATION: San Luis Obispo Campus Room 4750

INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn Bumpass

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