Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, granted $545 to the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum for “The Metropolitan Opera in Iowa”. Six free public lectures will be held at University Capitol Centre Conference Seminar Room 2520D at 5:30 p.m. in Iowa City. The lecture dates and operas are as follows:
Wagner's Das Rheingold, led by James Martin (Cornell College, Music), on Thursday, September 9, 2010
Donizetti's Don Pasquale, led by Katherine Eberle (University of Iowa Music), on Thursday, October 28, 2010
Verdi's Don Carlo, led by Miriam Gilbert (University of Iowa, English), on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Puccini's La fanciulla del Wes, led by Kim Marra (University of Iowa, Theater Arts), on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Gluck's Iphige'nie en Tauride , led by Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa, Classics), on Monday, February 21, 2011
Verdi's Il trovatore led by Roberta Montemorra Marvin (University of Iowa, International Studies), on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The six free public lectures will be given by university faculty and guest speakers to introduce audiences to individual operas in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series that is transmitted to movie theaters worldwide. According to project director, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, the lectures are followed by a discussion periods providing opportunities to learn from experts on various topics related to opera in its social and historical context.
The mission of Humanities Iowa is to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, cultures, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation. For more information on funding opportunities from Humanities Iowa, see its website at http://www.humanitiesiowa.org.