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Lectures  |  Overture Program:  Enjoying Opera


Harold Kuskin, lecturer



Meadow Lakes
East Windsor, NJ
May 8-22

Stonebridge at Montgomery
Montgomery, NJ
April 17 – May 1

Princeton Windrows
Princeton, NJ
April 8-29

Pennswood Village
Newtown, PA
April 11-25


Open to community residents only

The Princeton Festival’s Overture Program for 2018, entitled Enjoying Opera, will include a series of three lectures with extensive use of videos for residents of four 55+ Communities in the greater Princeton area. This three session Enjoying Opera series will be presented by Harold Kuskin at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor NJ, Stonebridge at Montgomery in Montgomery NJ, Princeton Windrows in Princeton NJ, and Pennswood Village in Newtown PA., for a total of 12 sessions at the four venues during Spring 2018.

The program will include the following:

Session 1: Orpheus and Eurydice

This session will explore two operatic presentations of the Orpheus myth, one by Christoph Willibald von Gluck and the other by Jacques Offenbach..

Session 2: Candide

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, this session will consider his opera Candide

Session 3: Madama Butterfly

This session will present an analysis of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, which will be presented by the Princeton Festival at the McCarter Theater in Princeton on Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 PM; Sunday, June 24, at 3:00 PM, and Saturday, July 1, at 3:00 PM.


All participants will receive a syllabus with background materials related to the lectures and a synopsis of the opera Madama Butterfly.

As part of this opera series, a “Resource Kit”, which will include a DVD and CD of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, a libretto of Madama Butterfly, and copies of a synopsis of Madama Butterfly, will be presented to the library at each of the four Senior Communities.


» Read more about The Princeton Festival’s production of Madama Butterfly

To inquire about Overture Program: Enjoying Opera for 2019, please contact [email protected].

Harold KuskinHarold Kuskin

Harold Kuskin has been an opera lover and Metropolitan Opera subscriber for over 40 years, a Backstage Tour Guide at the Metropolitan Opera House for 15 years, and has presented many opera programs at Senior Communities as part of The Princeton Festival’s Overture Program and in The Evergreen Program at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.