2009-2010 Program Overview
• Sunday, November 15 Dr. James A. Drake, presenter
• Sunday December 13 España - R. Ortega-Cowan, presenter
• Sunday, February 7 Macbeth – Kleinstiver, presenter
• Sunday, March 21 Le Coq d’Or – Kleinstiver, presenter
• Sunday, April 11 Flying Dutchman - Kleinstiver, presenter
• Sunday, May 16 Maria Malibran – Kleinstiver, presenter
2009-2010 CLASS DETAILS
November 15 - Author Dr. James A. Drake tells the story of writing his National Book Clubs of America “Books of the Month” award biographies of legendary tenor Richard Tucker and soprano Rosa Ponselle.
December 13 - España -Vero Beach Opera Artistic Director Román Ortega-Cowan discusses the history of Spanish opera (Zarzuela) and Spanish opera legends.
February 7 - Macbeth – 1972 live Glyndebourne Opera performance of Verdi’s tenth opera and first opera based on a Shakespeare play. It features the legendary Greek baritone Kostis Paskalis as Macbeth, his signature role, with Dame Josephine Barstow as Lady Macbeth, and 25-year-old James Morris as Banquo.
March 21 - Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) – Live from the Theatre Musical de Paris – Chatelet, the Marinsky Theater performance of Rimsky Korsakov’s last opera, which he described as “a razor‐sharp satire of the Russian autocracy, of Russian imperialism and of the Russo Japanese war.”
April 11 - The Flying Dutchman –Richard Wagner wrote of his opera about a ship captain condemned to sail until Judgment Day: “from here begins my career as a poet and my farewell to the mere concoctor of opera‐texts.” This filmed version features Donald McIntyre as the Dutchman. Performance will be preceded by a filmed discussion of the opera by Dr. Nick Reveles.
May 16 - Maria Malibran –Opera Studies Chair Wayne Kleinstiver discusses the life and opera during the times of this “Callas of the early 19th Century” diva, drawing upon the research and performances of mezzo‐soprano Cecilia Bartoli and contemporary writings, photos and music examples, followed by a filmed live performance of Ms. Bartoli’s Barcelona recital of Malibran favorites.
VBO Opera Studies Chairman
Our warmest THANK YOU Dr. Robert Loewinger, past Opera Studies Chairman