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Winter Opera: Love in Many Guises (HOPE)
Start Date:Tuesday, January 30 (5 meetings)Location: 240, LHS
Instructor: David Collins Meeting Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuition: $140($105 for seniors)Status: Running/Still Openings

Operatic opportunities this Winter span a very wide spectrum: satirical; comic; veristic; oratorio-like; bel canto and sociological,
and within this variety, different perspectives on love are presented. This season local opera performances combine with the Metropolitan Opera’s HD showings. We will begin with Boston University’s Opera Institute’s presentation of Benjamin Britten’s satirically comic opera Albert Herring in which Britten pokes fun at the foibles of small village people. Then we will prep for the Met’s L’Elisir d’ Amore (The Elixir of Love) which brings us Donizetti’s opera buffa view of love in an Italian village. Our next class will feature 2 operas: Puccini’s perennially favorite opera La Boheme and Arthur Honegger’s Oratorio of heroic love Jeanne d’Arc au bucher (Joan of Arc at the Stake). In our fourth class we will examine Rossini and his story of Semiramide, his last Italian bel canto opera. We will conclude our five weeks by jumping into the twentieth century with Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s sociological opera Die Dreigroschenoper (The Three Penny opera). Join us as we explore this wide variety of operatic styles. Our class will use audio and video excerpts. Class meets January 30, February 6, February13, March 6 and March 13.

Dave Collins has been lecturing on opera in the greater Boston area for over 25 years. He had been Opera Boston’s resident lecturer for 8 years. He has given opera courses at MIT, Regis College, The Boston Center for Adult Education and The Cambridge Center for Adult Education as well as lecturing at Northeastern University. Dave is currently a trustee of The Boston Wagner Association and has had reviews published in “Wagneriana” - the associations newsletter.
Dave received his Bachelor degree from Boston University’s School of Music, his Master’s from Lesley University and did post grad work at the New England Conservatory and the University of Connecticut - Hart School of Music. His major instrument is the piano. He also studied voice, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet and percussion. He sang for 9 years with the Masterworks Chorale under the direction of Allen Lannom which included a concert tour of Romania.