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Opera Movie Club

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  • Mondays, May 4 – June 22
  • 4 p.m. CT
  • Zoom
  • Free

Join our weekly "Opera Movie Club" virtual discussions, hosted by the OTSL Guild, for a fun way to engage with opera from your home!

Spend an hour each Monday afternoon with fellow opera lovers engaging in a book club-style discussion. Each week, the discussion will center on a performance that is easily accessible to stream for free. These are informal meetings, open to all — join as you are able, for one week, two weeks, or as many as you would like!

Many featured productions will come from the readily available Met Opera HD series, but we also look for operas that are being streamed by other companies around the world.

Please email for the Zoom meeting information. We will also be happy to assist you with getting set up on Zoom if you are new to the platform.

May 11, 3 p.m. CT: La bohème (The Metropolitan Opera, 1977)

This week's session will be on the 1977 Met production of La bohème, starring Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti, which is streamed through the Met's website.

May 18, 4 p.m. CT: Peter Grimes (The Metropolitan Opera, 2008) & Rigoletto (The Metropolitan Opera, 2013)

This week, we’re taking a look at two operas: the 2008 production of Peter Grimes, starring our very own Artistic Director of Young Artist Programs, Patricia Racette, and the 2013 production of Rigoletto, which is set in 1960 Las Vegas. Feel free to watch one or both of these operas this week and join us for some interesting conversation!

Watch these operas for free on the Metropolitan Opera's website during the following times:

NOTE: If you have a paid subscription to the Met Opera on Demand series, you can watch these recordings at any time!

May 25, 4 p.m. CT: The Barber of Seville (Opera Philadelphia)

In 2014, Opera Philadelphia premiered the co-production of The Barber of Seville in collaboration with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The production is being streamed as a part Opera Philadelphia’s digital season this year. You may remember seeing this particular production on OTSL’s stage in 2015! Join us on Monday, May 25th to discuss this fresh take on The Barber of Seville.

The Barber of Seville will be available on YouTube on Friday, May 15 starting at 7 p.m. CT, and will remain available until June 29. 

Watch Here (beginning May 15)

June 1, 4 p.m. CT: Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia)

Opera Philadelphia premiered the award-winning Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek in September 2016. To close out their digital festival season, the company will be making Breaking the Waves available for viewing. Join us to discuss this new piece.

Breaking the Waves will be made available on YouTube on Friday, May 29 starting at 7 p.m. CT, and will remain available until August 31.

Watch Here (Beginning May 29)

June 8, 4 p.m. CT: The rake’s Progress (Aix-en-provence Festival)

In 2017, the Aix-en-Provence international music festival included a production of The Rake’s Progress, starring several OTSL performers, including Kyle Ketelsen and Julia Bullock, who was most recently seen at OTSL in last season’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

This production of The Rake’s Progress is currently available and will stay online through July 10. 

Watch Here
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June 15, 4 p.m. CT: TBD

Titles to be announced.

June 22, 4 p.m. CT: TBD

Titles to be announced.