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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: 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.


Exploring Opera: Compare & Contrast on Two Thursdays, May 5 & 12th from 4-5:30pm (ET) on Zoom

After raves from the January opera series, James Sokol returns with a special mini-series filled with a new set of arias, fabulous singers, and gorgeous music; a great series for opera newcomers & the long-time fans. 

This deep dive may help illuminate who was better, this famous singer or that famous singer? Maybe a forgotten singer or an unknown singer? 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. Come for the music; stay for the fun!  🎫 Purchase tickets here. 


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

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