Opera for everyone!  For those not familiar with The Opera Club, there are no expertise standards, dues or membership requirements, other than a desire to learn more about opera, to share your interest with other opera lovers, and to enjoy great music.  Meetings are held on five Sunday afternoons 2:30–5 p.m. during the opera season in the new home of Nashville Opera, The Noah Liff Opera Center. 

Meetings are casual and the programs are conducted by a person who volunteers to present.  Sometimes two or three people get together and pool their interests and resources to present a program   Audio/visual equipment is available.

Those attending may bring simple, light refreshments to share if they wish, although this is not necessary.  It is more important to come prepared to experience some beautiful music, meet and socialize with good people of like interests, share opera experiences, and have a great time.  Please add the following dates to your calendar, and plan to join us.  To be notified of The Opera Club activities, e-mail me at the address below. 

Volunteers are needed to present programs for the remaining open meetings.  If you have an opera(s) or opera theme, or an opera-related area of interest that you’d like to share and present at a meeting, please contact me to discuss it.

See you at the opera.
Ted Wiltsie


2018.19 dates

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Mark Lee Taylor presents Opera and the Cinema: A Symbiotic Relationship?
Operas dramatically present life’s most intense emotional moments onstage, helping audience members interpret or further question the human condition.  Since its early years, the cinema has sometimes relied upon opera to help it accomplish the same goals.  Through the presentation of selected film clips, this informal session will explore how filmmakers have used operas to drive or enhance their own stories.

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Opéra Vérité (Truth in opera) with Jan van Eys
Operas tell a wide span of tales, ranging through fairy tales, historical lore, fiction, and myths.  Often an existing play or novel is used for the libretto.  The emphasis is almost always on the human emotions of love, hate, revenge, and sacrifice.  Rarely is the opera based on a real event from verifiable recorded history.  The tenor of such operas is always very different.  To illustrate these differences, video excerpts from three such operas will be used: Tsar und Zimmerman (Lortzing), Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini), and Nixon in China (Adams).

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Ann Woodmore will present A Tribute to and Remembrance of Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who tragically died of a brain tumor on November 22, 2017, at age 55. You won’t want to miss this compelling retrospective of one of the finest baritones to ever grace an opera stage.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Welcome back Inversion.

Inversion vocal ensemble brings an eclectic vibe of various musical genres.  Comprised of classically trained students and alumni of Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Oakwood University, Morgan State University, Vanderbilt University and Westminster Choir College, Inversion performs classical, opera, contemporary gospel, jazz standards, musical theater, and inspirational music—from solo to ensemble arrangements.

Sunday, June 9, 2019
Bill Schwartz presents Don't Think That Opera Neglected Shakespeare...It Didn't.