Along with the Metropolitan Opera’s HD screening in May of Poulenc’s opera, The Dialogs of the Carmelites, we are very fortunate to have a wide diversity of Boston Based opera performances this Spring. In April there are three local operatic presentations. The New England Conservatory presents two one-act operas by Puccini: Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Next comes Odyssey Opera’s concert performance of Richard Strauss’s The Egyptian Helen – full of Straussian music and a complex plot we will try to untangle. This is followed by Boston University’s presentation of Leos Janacek’s “most sunny and tuneful opera”, The Cunning Little Vixen. After the Met’s HD presentation in May, we will take a class to enjoy a survey of “Drinking Songs in Opera”. In closing, we will prepare for Odyssey Opera’s staged performance of La belle Heléne by Jacques Offenbach, an opéra bouffe in which the composer presents a rollicking satire of the Paris and Helen myth. Class will meet on April 9, 23, 30; May 7, 14 and June 11.
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.