Especially for our patrons and those considering attending a performance, these two-hour events are held on Saturday morning a week or so prior to the opening of each Opera Southwest production. The singers, musical and artistic staff and other opera professionals offer their perspectives on the opera, providing an in-depth view for a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the performance.
2012-2013 Season Pre-Opera Seminars
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese and Director of Artistic Operations David Bartholomew will discuss the development of the music and staging for the upcoming production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Mountain Road in Old Town, 10-Noon, Refreshments served. Cost is $10 per person and attendance is by reservation only. To reserve a place, send your check to Julius Kaplan, 4625 Allegheny Court NW, Albuquerque 87114.
For further information or to place a reservation, please contact Julius Kaplan at (505) 831-4221 or by e-mail Julius Kaplan.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Opera Southwest Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Anthony Barrese will discuss Rossini’s Otello, explaining what Shakespeare’s play meant for the composer and for Italian opera when it was composed. The maestro will explain how he reconstructed the “lieto finale” (joyful ending), including what information was available and how he completed certain passages. Several cast members will provide musical illustrations for the conductor’s presentation.