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.

Today, 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.

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