ESU Department of Music and Theatre, To Give Presentation on November 8 On Why Opera is Still Relevant Today

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Many people mistakenly view opera as an elite art form detached from the modern world or one that is available only to those in a few select cities. 

Opera enthusiast Eugene Galperin, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mathematics at ESU, will address these concerns in a presentation, “Why is Opera Still Relevant to us Today?: How to See Tosca Without Leaving Town” on Friday, November 8, at 2 p.m. in the Dale Snow Theatre of East Stroudsburg University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center on Normal and Marguerite Streets. The presentation is open to the public at no cost.

The program, geared toward people with little or no knowledge of opera, will examine its relevance in today’s society and provide an introduction to Puccini’s Tosca, a Metropolitan Opera production that will be screened November 9 and 13 at Cinemark in the Stroud Mall. 

“These broadcasts have been going on for years and most students haven’t been aware,” Galperin said. “I am attempting to spark some interest and increase attendance of these broadcasts.”

One of the mainstays of the opera repertory, Tosca, is a gripping tale of love, villainy and revenge by the beloved opera composer Giacomo Puccini. 

The Cinemark screenings are part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live-In-HD series designed to make outstanding opera productions accessible to audiences throughout the world. The first showing is at 12:55 p.m. on November 9; the encore presentation is at 6:30 p.m. on November 13.

The program is being sponsored by the Departments of Music and Theatre. For more information, please call Galperin 570-422-3931.