A Passion for Opera: Session 2 with Ariane Csonka Comstock
Session II: January 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9
Mondays from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Explore the extraordinary and compelling world of opera in this popular series with Ariane Csonka Comstock. She shares the rich pleasures of opera and shows why opera has been one of the most popular performing arts for more than 400 years.
During the course, you will listen to some of the most extraordinary artistic works of all time, and learn to understand, appreciate—even to love—opera. By comparing performance videos and recordings Comstock, along with videographer Gordon Stubbs, will teach you what makes a great operatic performance and introduce you to the charismatic stars past and present. The course is a perfect companion to the Four Arts’ screening of full productions from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. New this season; several sessions will focus on Russian, French, and Spanish operas.
Ariane Csonka Comstock, daughter of Scandinavian artist Jean Theslöf and Metropolitan mezzo-soprano Grace Divine, has had a multifaceted career. Her professional credits include work as a film actress, operatic soprano, radio and television hostess, music critic and humor journalist. Fluent in five languages, she has translated 15 operas published by Belwin Mills, plus the Shchedrin/Nabokov opera “Lolita.” She is the author of the award-winning book, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Opera.”
Tickets: $175 per session
Due to limited space, reservations are required for every program. Four Arts members must make reservations to programs, even if they are admitted at no charge.
Please note, no refunds for lectures are permitted. Exchanges or transfers for a lecture of equal value within a season are permitted on a case-by-case basis.