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Adventures Online: Experience Three Operas With a Renowned Expert

Fill your home with lovely music and enjoy three operas by famous theater companies as well as discussions with an expert and fellow enthusiasts. Take virtual learning to a new level!
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At a Glance

Experiencing three operas from the comfort of your own home? That’s music to our ears! Immerse yourself in the musical prowess and riveting stories of operas performed in world-renowned theaters and hand-picked by one of Road Scholar’s favorite instructors: conductor, musical director and composer Oliver Prezant. Join Oliver and fellow opera enthusiasts while streaming three extraordinary operas and during fascinating discussions over the course of a week of daily online learning. Delve into key themes, enjoy private performances and gain a deeper understanding of this stunning art form on a virtual program that’ll sure to have you singing its praises for years to come.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Your online program will be between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (ET) most days. One day will have a 9:30 a.m. start. There will be an hour-long evening activity beginning at 6:00 p.m. (ET) each day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Watch three operas performed in spectacular opera houses, which were specifically chosen by Oliver for their unique themes and styles.
  • Enjoy enriching virtual lectures and discussions about each opera with your instructors and fellow music aficionados.
  • Take your learning a step further during unique cultural experiences and exclusive performances from musicians, all in the comfort of your own home.

General Notes

This live online experience is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to session to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience.
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Oliver Prezant
Oliver Prezant has presented lectures for the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and numerous other organizations. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the award-winning Santa Fe Community Orchestra, and was on the faculty of The College of Santa Fe for many years. He studied conducting at The Pierre Monteux School and is a graduate of The Mannes College of Music in New York City.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi (Cambridge Companions to Music)
by John Whenham
Claudio Monteverdi is one of the most important figures of 'early' music, a composer whose music speaks powerfully and directly to modern audiences. This book, first published in 2007, provides an authoritative treatment of Monteverdi and his music, complementing Paolo Fabbri's standard biography of the composer. Written by leading specialists in the field, it is aimed at students, performers and music-lovers in general and adds significantly to our understanding of Monteverdi's music, his life, and the contexts in which he worked. Chapters offering overviews of his output of sacred, secular and dramatic music are complemented by 'intermedi', in which contributors examine individual works, or sections of works in detail. The book draws extensively on Monteverdi's letters and includes a select discography/videography and a complete list of Monteverdi's works together with an index of first lines and titles.
A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to The Plots, The Singers, The Composers, The Recordings
by Sir Denis Foreman
With an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of opera—its structure, composers, conductors, and artists—in this hugely informative guide. A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. For each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are “worth looking out for,” “really good,” or, occasionally, “stunning.” He goes on to tell the history of each opera and its early reception. Finally, each work is graded from alpha to gamma (although the Ring cycle gets an “X”), and Sir Denis has no qualms about voicing his opinion: the first act of Fidelio is “a bit of a mess,” while the last scene of Don Giovanni “towers above the comic finales of Figaro and Così and whether or not [it] is Mozart's greatest opera, it is certainly his most powerful finale.” The guide also presents brief biographies of the great composers, conductors, and singers. A glossary of musical terms is included, as well as Operatica, or the essential elements of opera, from the proper place and style of the audience's applause (and boos) to the use of subtitles.
A History of Opera
by Abbate, Carolyn and Parker, Roger
The Santa Fe Opera: An American Pioneer
by Huscher, Phillip
Mozart: A Life
by Maynard Solomon
Kobbe's Portable Opera Guide
by Earl of Harewood, editor
Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths
by Roye E. Wates
Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
by Fred Plotkin
Opera is the fastest growing of all the performing arts, attracting audiences of all ages who are enthralled by the gorgeous music, vivid drama, and magnificent production values. If you've decided that the time has finally come to learn about opera and discover for yourself what it is about opera that sends your normally reserved friends into states of ecstatic abandon, this is the book for you. Opera 101 is recognized as the standard text in English for anyone who wants to become an opera lover--a clear, friendly, and truly complete handbook to learning how to listen to opera, whether on the radio, on recordings, or live at the opera house. Fred Plotkin, an internationally respected writer and teacher about opera who for many years was performance manager of the Metropolitan Opera, introduces the reader (whatever his or her level of musical knowledge) to all the elements that make up opera.
The Opera Lover’s Companion
by Charles Osborne
Every opera lover enjoys a performance more when accompanied by a knowledgeable friend. In this indispensable guide, well-known opera critic Charles Osborne provides exactly that. Osborne fills in the details on 175 of the world’s most frequently performed operas, including facts about the composer and the music, a plot outline, accounts of famous performers, and much more.

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