Opera for the People: Winter-Spring 2014

Mefistofele, by Arrigo Boito
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Mefistofele, by Arrigo Boito

The Devil gets his Due

This is Part II of our series of operas based upon the Faust legend.  It includes both the prequel and sequel to Gounod’s version of the story.  The prequel is the Prologue in Heaven, where Mefistofele wagers God that he can win Faust’s soul.  The sequel depicts Faust’s journey to ancient Greece where he meets Helen of Troy. When Faust returns home to die, he has not yet forfeited his soul.  Attend the lecture to find out how this epic story ends.  If you saw the SF Opera’s recent 2013 production of Mefistofele, come to the lecture to learn some more and share your experience.

Opera for the People is a lecture series by Larry Oppenheim designed for both the opera novice and the experienced opera lover. In less than an hour, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of an opera which combines concise commentary with exciting video excerpts. If you are new to opera, you will discover the key anchor points to listen for. If you are an opera veteran, you will come away with new insights and a fresh perspective. And if you plan to attend a performance, your enhanced knowledge should increase your enjoyment!

Larry Oppenheim is president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay), where he is co-principal oboe, and also writes the program notes. Larry’s goal is to make opera more enjoyable and accessible to everyone – including those who may have never gone to an opera.

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