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We offer a variety of learning opportunities for adults throughout the year. These include introductory spotlights, psychological insights and in-depth seminars during our season.

Prelude Talks

Oliver Prezant

Presenter - Oliver Prezant

A road map for your evening’s performance, these talks are complimentary to ticket holders and are held in Stieren Orchestra Hall twice before most performances. The first talk is given two hours before the performance, and the second is one hour before.

Prelude Talks are not offered on June 28 or before the Apprentice Scenes on August 11 and 18.

Oliver Prezant Bio


Opera InSight

Love Stories for the Ages

Don Feinberg headshot

Presenter - Don Fineberg

In addition to an opera’s glorious music, story and spectacle, opera speaks to our human experience: its triumphs and tragedies, our deepest feelings and most perceptive ideas. Opera Insight explores this deeper, human experience of opera. In the 2023 Festival Season, we focus on passionate variations of love and longing, including: Jealousy (Tosca), Redemptive Sacrifice (The Flying Dutchman), Repressed Longing (Pelléas et Mélisande), Unrequited Passion (Rusalka), and finally, Challenging Death Itself (Orfeo). Each, in its own way, tells a love story for the ages.

Segment 1 – Tosca
Segment 2 – The Flying Dutchman
Segment 3 – Pelléas et Mélisande
Segment 4 – Rusalka
Segment 5 – Orfeo

Dr. Don Fineberg Bio

theater with glowing lights at night with hills in background

I wouldn’t miss this experience again for any reason but death, severe illness or financial ruin!

Seminar Participant

Inside theater with audience at performance

For more information, please contact:

Anna Garcia
Manager of Programs and Partnerships