Why is opera still relevant today?

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The University of East Stroudsburg’s Provost Symposium Series, an intellectual experience that fosters dialogue among ESU faculty, staff, students and community, continues into the fall semester 2021 with a presentation by James Maroney, Ed.D., associate professor of music, and Eugene Galperin, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics.

The presentation “Dramatic Expression, History, Politics, Love and Tragedy – Why Opera is Still Relevant Today” will take place on Wednesday, October 6 at 5:30 pm in the Cohen Recital Hall.

Professors Maroney and Galperin will share their love of opera with this presentation which is aimed at people with little or no knowledge of opera. They will explore the origins and history of opera, discuss various styles of national and period opera, and examine its relevance in today’s society. They will provide an introduction to a great cultural resource available to the university and the local community.

The presentation will be an introduction to the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming 2021-2022 Live-In-HD series, designed to make exceptional opera productions accessible to audiences around the world. They will focus on operas scheduled by the Metropolitan Opera for this year, including Boris Godunov by Modest Musorgsky, Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi and Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. These operas will be presented at Cinemark Theater at Stroud Mall this coming season.

For more information on the Provost Symposium Series, contact Christina McDonald, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects and Research, at (570) 422-7954 or [email protected]


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