Open MINDS Institute Opera and Us for Beginners: Exploring Live from the Met

Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University

From Sep 26 to Oct 31, 2019
Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (No Class Oct 24)

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Opera can be considered the most significant work in the performing arts field. It continues to captivate its audiences because it presents the essence of humanity—the complex emotions overlaid through social interactions. Those lucky enough to partake in an operatic journey will be treated to a diverse range of sentiments through its music, singing, and lyrics as well as history, politics, and social issues through its context, sets, and costumes. What makes opera one of the most enduring art forms is that it makes audiences laugh and cry through one of the most complete artistic experiences ever created.

During our exploration of opera, we will examine some of the most well-known melodies in the upcoming season from Live at the Met as well as other essential works. The fall 2019 season will feature classics, such as Puccini’s Turandot and Madama Butterfly, Massenet’s Manon, and will also present contemporary composer Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. Additionally, we will also explore some of the best-known voices in these featured operas including Maria Callas, Renata Tebladi, Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson, Giulietta Simionato, Enrique Caruso, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Mario Del Monaco, Franco Corelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Juan Diego Florez, and other stars of opera.

Most importantly, we will have participatory discussions about why opera is or is-not relevant today. Can audiences still connect with the storylines and thematic issues presented? Do we see our own reflection in characters on stage? Class dialogue will explore if opera is a necessary exposé of the human condition or if it is an antiquated elitist art form. We will also discuss if opera has a place in schools or if it is limited to adult audiences. By the conclusion of these seminars, opera may have a place in your heart.

Bio: Erik Novoa has enjoyed a lifelong appreciation for and personal relationship with opera. He was brought up in New York City in a performing arts family; his father was principle tenor at New York City Opera and his mother was a dancer with New York City Opera Ballet. Both of his parents had working experience in many of the operas, which will be explored and personal relationships with some of the artists, which will be heard. Erik learned opera from his father and enjoyed critical discussions about operatic subject matter, vocal technique, and the European history through the storylines. Erik soon learned a majority of the baritone arias of the Verdi and Puccini repertoire, while also studying piano, trumpet, and dance. Additionally, Erik performed in numerous musicals combining his love for singing and dance. Degrees in History of Ideas and American Studies help Erik examine opera both as an art form and as a relevant part of cultural identity.

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$290 | Quick Member: $275
$250 each if you enroll in two or more courses.

(203) 254-4010



Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

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Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Quick. Additional parking can be found on campus by visiting: or contacting the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010.

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Additional Dates

Thu, 10/17/2019Thursdays, 1:00 pm2:30 pm (No Class Oct 24)
Thu, 10/31/2019Thursdays, 1:00 pm2:30 pm (No Class Oct 24)

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