All 2018 Lectures

The Politics of Opera

Lecture | The Politics of Opera

Mitchell Cohen, the author and Baruch College political science professor discusses his latest book, a wide-ranging look at the interplay of opera and political ideas through the centuries. Free and open to the public.

2018: Feb 18 @ 3 pm

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Harold Kuskin

Lectures | Overture Program: Enjoying Opera

Lecture series for residents of 55+ Communities in the Greater Princeton area. Open to community residents only.

2018: Apr - Jun

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Denis Feeney

Lecture | Musical Comedy in Ancient Rome: The Genius of Titus Maccius Plautus

Princeton Professor Denis Feeney discusses how Plautus’ works from the 2nd century BC anticipated modern musical comedy, such as this year’s Festival musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Free and open to the public.

2018: May 31 @ 7 pm

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Timothy Urban

Lecture | Madama Butterfly: Beauty in Betrayal

Professor Timothy Urban discusses the music and plot of Puccini’s beloved opera Madama Butterfly. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 2 @ 2 pm, Jun 14 @ 7 pm

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Andrew Lovett

Lecture | An Opera Composer’s Approach to Storytelling

Composer Andrew Lovett discusses how opera’s combination of vocal and instrumental music structures and deepens a story. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 5 @ 7 pm

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Marianne Grey

Lecture | Madama Butterfly Goes to Paris; Isabella Stewart Gardner Goes to Japan

Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum Docent, discusses the West’s embrace of all things Japanese in the decades preceding Madama Butterfly. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 12 @ 7 pm, Jun 28 @ 7 pm

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Steve LaCosse

Discussion | Cross-Cultural Challenges in Opera

Panelists will discuss issues facing directors when they present operas from a different culture. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 18 @ 7 pm

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John Burkhalter III

Lecture | More About What’s BAROQUE About Baroque Music?

Early Music musician and specialist John Burkhalter discusses Baroque music and instruments. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 21 @ 7 pm

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Lecture | Before Butterfly: 17th-Century Dutch & Japanese Music

John Burkhalter and Glenn Shōyū Swann discuss and perform 17th c. and early 20th c. music from Japan, as influenced by Dutch East India Co. Free and open to the public.

2018: Jun 25 @ 7 pm

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Film Screening | “Winged Migration” and Discussion

Film screening and discussion of an epic portrait of winter bird migration as part of Migrations project. Free and open to the public.

2018: Mar 11 @ 1 pm

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