Opera Preview: Carmen by Georges Bizet Thursday, April 18, 2019 (7:00PM – 8:30PM)

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Theodore Deacon presents a preview of Carmen, just perhaps the world's favorite opera. Carmen has it all: passion, vivid characters, high drama--and show-stopping music. What more can one ask for?

Mr. Deacon's preview contains recorded musical excerpts.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi Thursday, April 26, 7pm

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By the late 1860s, Giuseppe Verdi was in his mid-fifties and the most famous Italian opera composer of his time. He didn't need to write any more operas to be able to spend the rest of his life with both fame and wealth. But a request from the ruler of Egypt for an opera that would be performed to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal intrigued Verdi. Aida was the result of this commission. The Canal opened in 1870, but the opera wasn't performed until 1871. Aida proved to be Verdi's greatest triumph up to that time, and the "Triumphal March" that ends Act Two is one of opera's most famous melodies. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Beatrice and Benedict by Hector Berlioz Thursday, February 15, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:30PM) Mercer Island

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France's greatest composer of the 19th century, Hector Berlioz, adored Shakespeare and came to believe that at least one of his operas should be based upon one of the English master's most popular plays, Much Ado About Nothing. Berlioz condensed Shakespeare's play, and much of the plot is carried by spoken dialogue, but the music Berlioz created to bring Shakespeare's characters to life is among the liveliest and loveliest ever created for any opera. Don't miss this French operatic masterpiece, being performed by Seattle Opera for the first time. This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.