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Exploring Opera

Presented by the OMJCC / National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance.

To “meet” instructor James Sokol and hear about his opera programs, click here


Exploring Opera: Paris’ Opera Houses & Premieres on Three Thursdays, November 4th, 11th & 18th from 4-5:30pm (ET) on Zoom 

During the 19th century, Paris was known as the cultural capital of Europe, due in large part to its many opera houses & theaters. In this special mini-series, join James Sokol to learn about and enjoy highlights of selected works which premiered at some of the city’s most important theaters.

  • The Opera de Paris (Nov 4) 
  • The Opera Comique (Nov 11) 
  • The Théâtre Lyrique & the Théâtre-Italien (Nov 18) 

This special mini-series is filled with glorious arias, fabulous singers, and gorgeous music; a great series for opera newcomers & the long-time fans.  Come for the songs; stay for the fun!  For details & tickets, click here.  


Exploring Opera: Nordic Singers on Three Wednesdays, December 8, 15 & 22nd from  2-3:30pm (ET) on Zoom 

From Sweden’s Birgit Nilsson, Norway’s Kirsten Flagstad, and Denmark’s Lauritz Melchior to Finland’s Karita Mattila & Iceland’s Kristinn Sigmundson and many, many others, the Nordic countries have produced some of the world’s greatest opera singers. Join James Sokol to learn about some of these international stars and experience their artistry in video performance clips. Come for the music; stay for the fun! For details & tickets, click here. 


Exploring Opera: Compare & Contrast on Three Thursdays, January 13, 20 & 27, 2022 from  4-5:30pm (ET) on Zoom

Who was better Sutherland or Sills? Domingo or Pavarotti? The answer is complex; it depends on the role, the moment in each career, especially on the listener’s preferences, and more! Still, to compare and contrast the same aria sung by different voices can be very interesting, sometimes illuminating, usually beautiful. Join James Sokol for this special mini-series filled with popular arias, fabulous singers, and gorgeous music; a great series for opera newcomers & the long-time fans.  Come for the songs; stay for the fun!  For details & tickets, click here.


The Albany JCC offers in person and virtual programs for adults and senior adults! 

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