Film, Classical

Beat the Blahs: Opera Film Series

When: Sun., Jan. 6, 1-5 p.m., Sun., Jan. 13, 1-5 p.m., Sun., Jan. 20, 1-5 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 27, 1-5 p.m. 2019

Each screening includes refreshments at intermission and a brief pre-show talk.

Suggested donation of $9 per screening ($32 for all 4) for Opera Guild donors and $10 ($36) for non-donors. Temple members may attend for free.

Jan 6 1-5 p.m. Gounod's Mireille
Opera Talk: David Dean
One of Gounod's "French Provence" operas from 1864 and perhaps the first French impressionist opera.

Jan 13 1-5 p.m. Mark Adamo's Little Women
Opera Talk: Carol Crocca
This production, with Joyce DiDonato and Katherine Ciesynski, is of "a beautifully crafted work, brilliantly molding Alcott's tale into operatic form." (The New Yorker) It is a coming-of-age story with a particular focus and great appeal for adults and children alike.

Jan 20 1-5 p.m. Richard Strauss's Arabella
Opera Talk: Peter Dundas
From 1928. Librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal convinced Strauss to abandon the dissonant style of Electra and to return the lyrical style of Rosenkavalier, with this delightful opera as the result. Today's production features Kiri te Kanawa.

Jan 27 1-5 p.m. Rimsky-Korsakov's Golden Cockerel
Opera Talk: Art Axelrod
Rimsky-Korsakov's last opera. Two hours long, a satire on military ineptitude with mystical plot elements and beautiful arias and orchestral numbers.