Oliver Wolcott Library - Programs

Oliver Wolcott Library
Enter your search term below: 
About OWL



OWL Monday Scholars:
An Introduction to Italian Opera

Mondays: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
December 3 through 17

Click Here to Register



Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion. Registration Required. 

Join librarian Patricia Moore as she facilitates this course. 

Do you have an interest in opera but aren’t quite sure where to start? During the month of December the OWL Monday Scholars will learn about the Bel Canto era of Italian Opera with a specific focus on the operas of Guiseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. It is the perfect introduction for the nascent opera fan. 

This will be our first Monday Scholars course to use the edX platform, an online learning tool used by Harvard University, MIT, Berkeley, and other prestigious universities. An Introduction to Italian Opera is a course created by Dartmouth. On video, Steve Swayne will teach this course. Professor Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. He received his AB from Occidental College and his MA and PhD from University of California at Berkeley. 

During this three week course we will learn about the bel canto style of operatic singing, enjoy an introduction to the beloved opera composers Verdi and Puccini, and then watch and discuss excerpts from their operas. We will close the course with a fun finale that shows many of the ways that Italian opera has permeated modern popular culture. Please, join us!




160 South Street, P.O. Box 187 Litchfield, Connecticut 06759 | Ph: 860-567-8030 | Fx: 860-567-4784

Contact Us | Directions | Hours