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Relating to Opera Lecture Series: Our stories - Opera topics from the past 50 years
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 4:00pm
Relating to Opera Lecture Series: Our stories - Opera topics from the past 50 years

Relating to Opera Lecture Series: Our stories - Opera topics from the past 50 years

Tuesday, March 12
Wednesday, March 13
4:00 - 6:30 PM
Lincoln Hall 225
Free and open to the public

In this provocative session we look at some recent (in operatic terms!) operas that have attempted to reflect contemporary life. Willie Stark, X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, The Death of Klinghoffer, Doctor Atomic, The Handmaid’s Tale, Powder Her Face, Dead Man Walking, Dog Days, Fellow Travelers, Breaking the Waves, The Force of Things, Sky on Swings, and Angel’s Bone, to name only a few, have put to music true stories grabbed from headlines and fictional retellings of all-to-real events. The featured performance is As One, an opera about the transgender experience by Laura Kaminsky, presented by Portland Opera, March 22-30.

Relating to Opera is a series of talks designed to engage those who are curious about opera and want to learn more, as well as passionate operalovers. We will explore the rich history of the art form, while attempting to answer the question, “What makes opera relevant today?” The series features plenty of music spanning over 500 years, including definitive recordings and live performances by PSU students and faculty and guest artists. Each session will offer background and insight on current local presentations and productions.