401) Monday Afternoons at the Opera

Opera is one of the most exciting and complex art forms, combining theater, orchestra, staging, costume, acting, singing, dancing, and everything else associated with musical drama.  For over 400 years, composers have created operatic masterpieces that have thrilled audiences around the world.  Explore the stories, characters and music of the following operas with Robert W. Butts, one of New Jersey's leading opera conductors:

George Frideric Handel - Acis and Galate
Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto
Richard Wagner - Die Walkure
Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus
Ruggiero Leoncavallo - I Pagliacci

Instructor Robert Butts - Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at Montclair State University, The Colleg of Saint Elizabeth, The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Artistic Director/Conductor for The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Eastern Opera Company of New Jersey, New York Classical Music Society and In Mid Air Productions.