Opera Preview: Mary Stuart/Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti Wednesday, February 24, 7pm

This, the greatest of Donizetti’s three “Tudor Queen” operas, was first performed in 1835. It is a not-very accurate retelling of the rivalry, both political and romantic, between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots. Some of the most exciting music Donizetti ever wrote was given to Mary/Maria as she battles for her life against the more powerful Elizabeth. Mary/Maria’s farewell to her friends and supporters will bring even a cynic to tears. This free lecture, provided to increase 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: The Marriage of Figaro Wednesday, January 13, 7pm

This is a nearly perfect opera-hilarious comedy versus class conflict with touching pathos thrown in. Mozart, in his first collaboration with Lorenzo DaPonte, lavished so much glorious music on DaPonte’s libretto that The Marriage of Figaro, even though it caused a scandal when it was first presented in 1784, has never been out of the repertory. Audiences wouldn’t allow it! 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.

Opera Preview: Semele, George Frideric Handel

Come and hear Norm Hollingshead present a program on the opera Semele. Although Semele contains some of the most beautiful music that Handel ever wrote, it is rarely performed in the Pacific Northwest. This opera is based on the classical myth of Semele, who was the mortal mother of Dionysus.The Opera Preview is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 pm.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library