Opera Club needs volunteers to present a program!   Interested? 

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


2016.17 Dates

October 23, 2016

Bill Schwartz will update us on Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas.  His program will include brief biographical information, including aspects of their sometimes stormy relationship.  There will be discussion of plot structure and musical conventions, such as their use of “topsy turvy.”  The program will include clips from their major productions.

January 22, 2017

Inversion Vocal Ensemble will get 2017 off to a great start.  They bring 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.

March 12, 2017

Celebrate with Jan Van Eys the 80th anniversary of the death of “... an exceptionally gifted modern Romantic” composer.
Karol Szymanowski, composer of the opera Krōl (King) Roger, was greatly celebrated in his homeland of Poland.   He was a contemporary and admirer of Richard Strauss and Béla Bartók and a devotee of Chopin.  King Roger is frequently staged in Europe, and Szymanowski’s other compositions are performed regularly throughout the world.  The music is often glorious and reminiscent of Strauss and Scriabin.
Composed in 1924, King Roger is loosely based on the play Bacchae by Euripides and on the history of King Roger II of Sicily, a sixteenth-century historical figure and upholder of the Byzantine faith.  The opera explores the conflict between temptation and faith.
King Roger is primarily a psychodrama which presents great challenges to its staging.  Scenes from two beautiful yet contrasting productions will be shown to highlight the directors’ dilemma.

April 30, 2017

Join Tom Potter for a program titled:  "An Austrian Pinkerton teaches Japanese music to Puccini."  This is an updated version of a talk that Tom gave to the Opera Club in 2006 about Puccini’s authentic Japanese melodies in Madama Butterfly.  Puccini learned some of these songs from two songbooks published by Austrian musician Rudolf Dittrich, who was one of the first teachers of Western classical music in Japan.  Since his 2006 Opera Club talk, Tom has learned fascinating new details about Dittrich’s life in Japan and his connections to the story and music in Puccini’s opera.