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Lecture Archive

The members of Opera Guild of Rochester have developed and delivered more than 60 educational programs on opera. These programs are delivered at various public libraries in the Rochester area. Please feel free to download the handout/playlist that were used in these presentations.
For more information on our Lecture series, click here.

Simon Boccanegra
Presented by Peter Dundas

Cosi fan tutte or “The School for Lovers”
Presented by Peter Dundas

Bad Boys: Villains, Drunkards & Charlatans in Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

Jacques Offenbach French Opera Bouffes
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Verdi's Don Carlo
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Jacques Offenbach and The Parisian Life
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

The Mezzo and Contralto Voice in Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

Donizetti's Anna Bolena
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov
Presented by Peter Dundas

Viennese Operettas by Johann Strauss Jr.
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Gluck’s Reform Operas from 1762 - 1778
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Verdi & Puccini - The Consummate Voices of Italian Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

Verdi's Nabucco and the Italian Risorgimento
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Presented by Peter Dundas

Mozart’s Operas and the Influence of Enlightenment
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Verdi's Rigoletto
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

The Tenor in French Opera
Presented by Peter Dundas

Telling Tales: External Narratives in Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

Lucia di Lammermoor
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Wagner's Parsifal
Presented by Peter Dundas

Heroic and Powerful Women in Opera
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Bizet’s Carmen
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Siegfried 101
Presented by Peter Dundas

History of Opera - From its origin through the Golden Age
Presented by Art Axelrod

Twentieth Century Opera (It’s better than you think)
Presented by Carol Crocca

History in Opera - As seen through the eyes of 19th Century Historians 
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Prayer in Opera
Presented by Chuck Lundeen

Mozart's Women
Presented by Carol Crocca

Falstaff: Verdi's Last Masterpiece
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Friendships: Good and Bad
Presented by Chuck Lundeen

Verdi Operas based on Schiller's Plays
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

The Changing Opera Styles of Richard Strauss
Presented by Peter Dundas

Belcanto: The Operas of Bellini Part I
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Belcanto: The Operas of Bellini Part II
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Verdi's La Traviata
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

The Bass Voice in Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

Richard Strauss's Viennese Operas
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Two Sides to Every Story: How Two Composers Treat the Same Story
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt and Joseph Mancini

ABRACADABRA: Witches and Gypsies in Opera
Presented by Chuck Lundeen

Sleepwalking, Hallucinations & Madness
Presented by Carol Crocca

Puccini's Tosca
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Verdi and Shakespeare
Presented by Carol Crocca

French Grand Opera - Part I
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

French Grand Opera - Part II
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Operatic Duets
Presented by Mary McNamara

Exotic Dominions and Mythic Realms
Presented by Art Axelrod

Puccini's La Bohème
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Mozart's Don Giovanni
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Verdi and the Orchestra
Presented by Carol Crocca

The Voices of Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

The Opera Chorus
Presented by Bob Heberger

Ensembles
Presented by Mary McNamara

Show Boat and the American Musical Theatre
Presented by Rob Ferris

Bel Canto and Bellini's Norma
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Puccini: The Bohemian Composer
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

Opera as Music Drama
Presented by Art Axelrod

The Influence of the Philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment on
Mozart's Operas

Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Literature in Opera
Presented by Mary McNamara

The History & Geography of Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

German Romantic Opera
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

French Romantic Opera
Presented by Mary McNamara

Italian Verismo Opera
Presented by Rosalba Pisaturo

A Survey of Russian Opera
Presented by Art Axelrod

Albert Lortzing: German Buffa Opera
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Favorite Arias & Overtures
Presented by Mary McNamara

Giaochino Rossini: Italian Opera Buffa
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Donizetti: Italian Opera Buffa
Presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt

Verdi: Composer, Showman and Moralist
Presented by Art Axelrod

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