Larry Peterson will present a series of lectures highlighting local broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera performances.

Opera lectures

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute series coordinates with Met HD broadcasts

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2:59 p.m., Sept. 24, 2012--The University of Delaware’s Larry Peterson, professor emeritus of music, will present a series of lectures highlighting Metropolitan Opera performances that will be broadcast locally through the Met HD program.

By attending the lectures, which are free and open to the public, participants can enrich their viewing experience with background information on the operas, the composers, the performers and the lavish Metropolitan Opera productions.

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The lectures take place at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware, in 124-5 Arsht Hall on UD’s Wilmington Campus, 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue. Lectures are held on selected Fridays, from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Three of the operas can be viewed locally at Glasgow People's Plaza cinema complex or the Regal Brandywine Theatre complex on Naamans Road. Advance purchase of cinema tickets is recommended for Met HD performances. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro can be viewed at Theatre N in Wilmington.

The schedule of lectures is as follows. The movie theatre dates are the first screening; others may be available.

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (new production)

Lecture, Oct. 12; in movie theaters, Oct. 13. Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ambrogio Maestri star; Murizio Benini conducts.

Verdi's Otello

Lecture, Oct. 26; in movie theaters, Oct. 27. Johan Botha, Renee Fleming star; Semyon Bychkov conducts.

Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (David McVicar’s production)

Lecture, Nov. 16; at Theatre N, Nov. 18. Erwin Schrott, Miah Persson, Rinat Shaham, Gerald Finley, Dorothea Röschmann star; Antonio Pappano conducts. Royal Opera House at Covent Garden; part of the Opera in Cinema series at Theatre N.

La Clemenza di Tito

Lecture, Nov. 30; in movie theaters, Dec. 1. Elena Garanana, Giuseppe Filianoti, Barbara Frittoli star; Harry Bicket conducts.

Peterson is professor emeritus at UD, where he taught for 30 years.  He has published articles in numerous journals and been honored for his work using multimedia technology to teach opera. Peterson currently teaches the “Let’s Go To The Opera” class at Osher.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington  is a membership organization for adults 50 and over to enjoy classes, teach, exchange ideas and travel together. For more information about the program, visit the website. Similar programs are offered through UD in Dover and in Lewes.

For further information, call the Osher Institute at 302-573-4417.

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