The Met’s first performance of Cherubini’s “Medea” opens our Fall class. The title role, made famous by Maria Callas, is one of the fiercest in the repertoire. Beethoven said that Cherubini was his only equal and Wagner thought of him as a “master of his craft”. Our opera trio – “La Traviata”, “Stiffelio” and “Rigoletto”- will focus on Verdi’s treatment of uncommon subject matter at that time; prostitution, adultery and deformity. We begin our trio with “La Traviata” as it will be the second Met HD screening. We will use audio and video throughout the class.
David 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. 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.
Begins October 6, and meets 11/1, 11/15, and 11/22