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


2017.18 Dates

August 20, 2017 -  ECLIPSE IN OPERA

What is the connection between Borodin’s Prince Igor and a solar eclipse?  Join Ted Wiltsie as the Opera Club explores this beautiful opera and its solar significance, and prepare for the upcoming stunning event the following day.

November 19, 2017

Bill Schwartz will showcase Puccini’s Tosca and Gianni Schicchi.  This intriguing program will highlight the contrast between tragedy and comedy.

January 28, 2018

Julia Stowe will present a program on the history and development of opera.

March 4, 2018  -  THE OTHER BOHÈME

When the book Scenes de la vie de Bohèmes by Henri Henri Murger came out, Ruggiero Leoncavallo became excited and started writing an opera, La Bohème.  He showed an early draft of the libretto to his good friend Puccini asking him to collaborate.  Puccini instead wrote his own version and finished before Leoncavallo did.  Needless to say, their relationship soured.  Puccini's version became an extremely popular opera in the standard repertoire while Leoncavallo's version faded into oblivion.  However, Leoncavallo's La Bohème has wonderful music.  Jan van Eys will present excerpts of Leoncavallo's opera and contrast his and Puccini's oeuvres.

April 29, 2018  -  Verdi in the Concentration Camp

In 1943 and 1944 some malnourished, overworked prisoners in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia performed the Verdi Requiem.  Singing by memory with only an out-of-tune piano, they spent many hours learning and rehearsing this difficult work.
Decades later, Murry Sidlin, Dean of the School of Music at Catholic University, created his multi-media Defiant Requiem.  Sidlin’s work encases the complete requiem within a framework of the concentration camp experience.  It has been performed over forty times in several venues, including Terezin itself.
We will discuss the requiem, its purpose and structure, as well as Sidlin’s creation, and view illustrations of Terezin.  After hearing portions of Verdi’s magnificent work, we may ponder:  Whose requiem were the prisoners singing anyway?
Betty Maynard Mullens, a chorister in the Berkshire Choral Festival’s  performance of Defiant Requiem at Terezin in 2009, will present a program incorporating her personal experience and other sources, including audio/visual support, involving this unusual and historic presentation of Verdi’s magnificent Requiem.