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Verdi’s Operatic Masterpiece “Otello”

Verdi successfully adapted Shakespeare’s literary classic for the operatic stage. Learn about Verdi’s lifelong admiration of the Bard and his plays. We will explore the opera’s faithful adherence to the play’s plot, characters and most importantly, its themes of human jealously, deception, manipulation, greed, innocent love and revenge. Study parts of the libretto and Verdi’s magnificent score. Watch and discuss scenes from a recent and outstanding staged Otello production on DVD.


Howard Tolkan

Howard Tolkan has been a passionate opera buff since his college days and has presented many talks about opera and classical music to various community groups. He retired after practicing law in Milwaukee for almost forty years. He now devotes ... read more

Date: 3 Mon, Apr 19-May 3, 2021

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 4-5:15pm CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Howard Tolkan

Fee: $20

Enrollment Limit: 300

Program Number: SPRI:166

Registration opens Tue, Jan 12, 2021.