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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Opera 101
Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Opera!

Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-7:30 p.m.
Musical Arts Center (101 N. Jordan Ave.)
Light refreshments provided.
SIGN-UP REQUIRED: See details below

Whether you love opera already or haven't yet tried it, join opera coach Kim Carballo and music critic Peter Jacobi for a program that will deepen your experience and enjoyment of this fall's grand productions at the MAC:

    Mozart's Don Giovanni
    Lehar's The Merry Widow
    Massenet's Cindrillon (Cinderella)
      —Or other operas you may get to see at IU, the Met, or elsewhere

What will be the most thrilling moments and the most challenging notes? The things to watch and to listen for? What is it about opera that can move us so deeply even when sung in a language we don't know?

Using live and recorded performances, Carballo and Jacobi will guide you through the fall season and respond to your questions about opera, whatever they might be: How do opera singers fill a space as large as the MAC, without mics? How hard is it to sing an aria lying down-perhaps from a deathbed-as some performers must do? What can opera do better than any other performance art? What can opera tell us about human weakness? A woman's place in the world? The exercise of power? Is American Idiot—called by its creators a "punk rock opera"—truly an opera?

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this undergraduate event, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Opera 101" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. This event is co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.

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