This Winter, along with the Metropolitan Opera in HD screenings, we will enjoy performances from both The New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory. Ranging from the familiar to those less frequently staged, we will enjoy the operas in performance order.
We begin with a new production by the Met of Francesco Cilea’s most popular opera Adriana Lecouvreur, a tragic tale based on the real life French actress of the same name where the music establishes the old world of the Comedié Francaise. Following is the Met’s ever popular Carmen. With its stark realism, a case can be made that this opera set the stage for the Verismo movement to come. Donizetti’s enchanting Opéra comique, La fille du régiment (“The Daughter of the Regiment) is especially known for the tenor aria “Pour mon ame” with its 9 high “C’s”! We will sample different singers performing this aria. In the next class, we go back to opera’s first masterpiece, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea”). The New England Conservatory is presenting this tale of politics, deceit and egotism, the first opera to present the success of what we would call an anti-hero. Next is the American opera, The Consul to be presented by The Boston Conservatory. Written by Gian Carlo Menotti, this work tells the tragic story of a family destroyed by a totalitarian bureaucracy. Our sessions come to an end with Wagner’s most popular “Ring” opera, Die Walküre. To glorious music and spectacular staging, this is a tale of two tragedies; the doomed love between Siegfried and Sieglinde and the punishment by the god Wotan of his beloved daughter, Brünnhilde. Join us as we prepare for these exciting Winter operas. Class will meet on January 8, January 29, February 26, March 5, March 19 and March 26.
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.