Opera or Musical? – The Fine Line that Divides Them

Opera or Musical? – The Fine Line that Divides Them

STUART HOLT, Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Metropolitan Opera Guild

Operas have provided inspiration for some of Broadway’s most iconic productions, including the adaptation of La Bohème into Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Rent and Madama Butterfly reimagined as the smash hit Miss Saigon. Even Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata has been the inspiration for the musicals Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge. Similar in their use of vocal and instrumental music to convey plot and character development, opera and musical theater share their roots in enduring dramatic forms but ultimately diverged into two distinct arts. In this lecture, Stuart Holt will examine the characteristics that define operas and musicals and explore the adaptation process of operas and their stories for a new audience as well as the role each plays in the opera house.


Free and open to the public

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Presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library


Wednesday, June 16, 7:00 pm

Stuart Holt

Stuart Holt, Director of School Programs and Community Engagement of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, oversees all educational programming. In this position he administers the Guild’s K-12 school programs—Urban Voices: A Choral Music Initiative, Students Compose Opera, and Access Opera.