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EVENT: A Note on Opera: Verdi’s “Otello”

A Note on Opera is back! Join us in September when we’ll be looking at Verdi’s “Otello.”

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EVENT: A Note on Opera: “A German in Paris: Giacomo Meyerbeer and Grand Opéra”

It’s that time of the month again people, time for the monthly opera lecture when this month we’ll be looking at a Franco-German opera: “A German in Paris: Giacomo Meyerbeer and Grand Opéra.”


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EVENT: A Note on Opera – Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

Monday, January 11, 2016 means a return to opera here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and our first ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture of 2016! Join us as we kick off the year by looking at Beethoven’s “Fidelio”


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IN PICTURES: December at the Goethe!

We know December seems so long ago now everyone’s back to work after the Holidays but we still haven’t given you the rundown on what happened at the Goethe! So, it’s time to cast your mind back and relive the last month of the year with us!

December at the Goethe

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EVENT: A Note on Opera – “Der Rosenkavalier”

The second Monday in the month is fast approaching again which can only mean one thing – it’s time for another “A Note on Opera” lecture! This month we’ll be looking at Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.”

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Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” [The Knight of the Rose] premiered in Dresden in 1911. It was a radical departure from Strauss’s preceding works and his 2nd collaboration with one of the great German-language playwrights, the Austrian Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Originally intended to be a full-blown comedy, as composition progressed “Rosenkavalier” evolved into a nuanced, affectionate observation on the vagaries of the human heart and the acceptance of time passing us by. Though ostensibly set in 18th-century Vienna during the reign of Maria Theresia, the charming anachronisms within “Rosenkavalier” make it a work of nostalgia for a time and place that never really existed. Strauss emphasized that it must be performed with “… lightness and grace, one eye wet, the other dry.”

In Europe of 1911, as war seemed more and more probable, “Rosenkavalier” offered a temporary escape and became a huge success. Rail schedules throughout the German-speaking world were changed to accommodate the throngs traveling to Dresden to see it. Even special trains from Berlin would leave early enough to arrive before the opening curtain and then return to Berlin later that night.

Ready to sign up for a night of opera? Here’s what you need to know:

When: Monday, December 14, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $10 Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Members, $20 Non Members

Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

EVENT – A Note on Opera: “Così fan tutte”

Our monthly opera lecture is back and you need to get your name on the list! It’s a chance for those interested in opera to get a deeper look into the music and the different aspects that contribute to the making the opera what it is.  During this lecture, we’ll be looking at Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.”


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EVENT: A Note on Opera: Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”

As is the procedure on every second Monday in the month, it’s time for another ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture! This session, our teacher, Mr. David Kerr, will be taking a look at Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro.”

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EVENT: A Note on Opera: Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”

Question: Are you an opera fan? If the answer is ‘yes’ then this is most definitely for you. If it’s ‘no,’ don’t click away yet, you never know, you might still like it!

Join us for the latest in our ‘A Note on Opera’ series as we explore Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”

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EVENT: A Note on Opera – “They’re Not Wallpaper: Great Opera Choruses”

After a short break, our opera lectures are back people! So, if you’re interested in opera music then this blog post is for you. Get a pen and paper ready – you may want to make notes and pop a new date in your diary!

Introducing the first lecture in our new “A Note on Opera” series: “They’re Not Wallpaper: Great Opera Choruses.”

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EVENT: A Note On Opera: They really do live happily after.

After the success of last night’s ‘A Note on Opera’ event which saw 12 people pack into one of our classrooms, we already have our next event planned. In honor of Valentine’s Day it’s entitled “They really do live happily ever after.”

Despite the stereotype, not all opera love stories end tragically.  Please join us for the 7th “A Note on Opera” as we explore two such works, Giacomo Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West” and Richard Strauss’s “Arabella.”


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