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LA Opera Talks

Oxnard Public Library presents: LA Opera Talks

Community Educators from LA Opera will talk about operas to be performed during their 2014 opera season. Please join us on the following Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 15th - 3:00 p.m. - Swingin with Dean Show

Join us for a wonderful solo performance by Dean Ratzman as he entertains us by touching on the styles of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and other American greats from the 40s, 50s, and 60s! Using his vocal skills and talent on the piano, trombone, and cornet, Dean has performed all over North America and has even opened for the Beach Boys. 

Saturday, March 8 – 3:00 p.m. - "Lucia di Lammermoor"

A Community Educator will discuss this tragic opera by Gaetano Donizetti loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermore.  Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera.

Saturday, March 29 – 3:00 p.m. - "Thaïs"

A Community Educator will talk about this opera by Jules Massenet based on the novel Thaïs by Anatole France. Thaïs takes place in Egypt during Byzantine rule, where a Cenobite monk, Athanaël, attempts to convert Thaïs, an Alexandrian courtesan and devotee of Venus, to Christianity, but discovers too late that his obsession with her is rooted in lust.  While the courtesan's true purity of heart is revealed, so is the religious man's baser nature.

Saturday, May 24 -3:00 p.m. - "A Streetcar Named Desire"

André Previn’s powerful opera is a faithful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play about a fading southern belle who retreats into fantasy to escape from the brutal reality in which she’s forced to live.

Main Library, 251 South A Street - Meeting Room B
All programs are free.  For more information please call 385-7532.

page last updated: Feb 11, 2014