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Opera with a side of popcorn

By Rebecca Cohoe

Memorial University's Division of LifeLong Learning wants to take you to the movies, but not some overblown Hollywood blockbuster. Their new Opera at the Met series is an opportunity to learn about, and then watch, some of the greatest operas ever, performed in high definition (HD).

"Opera can be intimidating," said Maya Mohan, the course facilitator for the series. "In these courses, I'll help participants understand the context and background behind some of opera's best loved works."

The classes will gather on campus for an introduction to each session's featured opera. No musical background is required and there is no evaluation element to the course. The ultimate goal is to help instill an appreciation for opera. After the on-campus portion of the class, the group will travel to Empire Theatres at the Avalon Mall for a public screening of that week's opera.

The screenings are part of the incredibly popular Opera at the MET series, presented in movie theatres all across the world by New York City's Metropolitan Opera. All performances are recorded in HD and offer an up close and personal view.

The first in the series is Faust, the story of a doctor who sells his soul to the devil and must deal with the consequences. The in-class portion will take place on Feb. 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. The screening will take place Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

For more information and for details about subsequent sessions and screenings, please visit the Division of Lifelong Learning website at www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning.

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