In 1735, Charleston introduced North America to opera.
We get it. Opera is often in a foreign language, it often takes place in a foreign land. But that doesn’t mean it has to be foreign to you. Whatever your understanding or level of opera knowledge, our online Opera 101 classes offer a judgement-free environment in the privacy of your own home.
In 2021, we invite you to join us for your introduction.
Meet Our Lecturers
Although born in South Carolina, Margaret Fournier lived most of her young life elsewhere. Her entire adult life was spent in the Chicago area where she fell in love with opera and had a 50 year-long subscription to opera. During her time there, she was a member of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps and gave many lectures to audiences throughout the Chicago area, and also worked in many other capacities as a volunteer for Lyric Opera of Chicago. In September of 2019 Margaret moved to Charleston, and is delighted to be a part of the HALO endeavor.
William Berger has written on a variety of subjects, including architecture, religion, and sports. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, and has been a familiar voice on radio for over 20 years. He is a commentator for the Metropolitan Opera and is heard on Met Opera Radio’s Sirius/XM broadcasts and the podcast series “In Focus”, and is responsible for the Met’s Opera Quiz. He is a keen and active supporter of new music in a variety of genres and frequently produces and hosts live music events in New York City.
- March 9th, 2021 – The five W’s of opera
- April 6th, 2021- What’s all the fuss about Mozart?
- April 20th, 2021 – Why we’re still all about Verdi
- May 4th, 2021 – Now, this whole Wagner thing…
- May 18th, 2021 – Ripping your guts out with Puccini & friends
*Lecture schedule and topics subject to change
CATALOGUE OF CLASSES:
- September 8th, 2020: Introduction to Opera
- September 15th, 2020: Opera in Charleston
- September 22nd, 2020: Conversation with librettist Mark Campbell
- September 29th, 2020: The Big Ones, Part One
- October 6th, 2020: The Big Ones, Part Two
- October 13th, 2020: Shakespeare in Opera
- October 20th, 2020: Conversation with stage director Daniel Slater
- October 27th, 2020: Happy HALOween!
- November 3rd, 2020: Introduction to Richard Wagner
- November 10th, 2020: Conversation with soprano Christine Goerke
- November 17th, 2020: Unusual Voice Types
- December 1st, 2020: Conversation with mezzo soprano Susan Graham
- December 8th, 2020: From Russia, with love
- December 22nd, 2020: Songs of the Season Christmas Concert
- January 5th, 2021: The Marriage of Figaro and Tosca
- January 12th, 2021: The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
- January 19th, 2021: Conversations with baritone Quinn Kelsey
- January 26th, 2021: Faust by Charles Gounod
- February 2nd, 2021: Gilbert & Sullivan
- February 9th, 2021: Conversations with singer/producer Alyson Cambridge
- February 16th, 2021: Conversations with Frederica von Stade/Kenneth Kellogg
- February 23rd, 2021: Conversations with tenor Russell Thomas
- March 9th, 2021: The five W’s of opera with Will Berger
- March 16th, 2021: Conversation with Artist Manager Ken Benson