College Opera Circle
College Opera Circle enhances the learning experience of fulltime, degree-seeking undergraduates and graduate students by enabling them to attend three dress rehearsals of Lyric productions each season. Colleges may participate for an enrollment fee of $575.
By enrolling, you make available to your students:
• Free access to each of three designated dress rehearsals for up to 50 students
• Detailed background information for each of the operas
• Specially priced student ticket offers to select performances of the season
Complete the online form below to generate an invoice for your college or university. Please submit payment to Lyric's Education Department by September 20, 2013.
The operas that will be presented in the 2013/14 season for the College Opera Circle are: La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, and La Clemenza di Tito. Click on the opera titles on the left side of the screen for more details on each.
by Giuseppe Verdi
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 1 p.m.
Sung in Italian
3 hours (with two intermissions)
In mid-19th-century Paris, Violetta Valéry is a
courtesan of fragile health. At one of her parties, she encounters young
Alfredo Germont, who has long loved her from afar. She had previously never considered
herself capable of true love, yet she falls in love with Alfredo. They live
blissfully in the country until Violetta is visited by Giorgio Germont,
Alfredo’s father. He insists that she give his son up, for the sake of his
family. Heartbroken, Violetta agrees and returns to her previous lover, Baron
Douphol. The furious Alfredo confronts Violetta at a party, violently insults
her in public, and challenges the Baron to a duel (in which the Baron is
wounded but survives). Alfredo goes abroad, but when he learns from his father
of Violetta’s sacrifice, he returns to her. They have time for only a brief,
ecstatic reunion before Violetta dies.
The Barber of Seville
by Gioachino Rossini
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Sung in Italian
3 hours and 10 minutes (with one intermission)
Count Almaviva is in love with Rosina, the ward of old Dr.
Bartolo. Bartolo wants to marry her himself, and keeps her under lock and key.
With the help of the wily barber Figaro, Almaviva makes his intentions known to
Rosina, identifying himself as only as the lovelorn “Lindoro.” Bartolo persuades Rosina that “Lindoro” plans
to betray her by delivering her into the clutches of a certain Count Almaviva.
When Almaviva and Figaro arrive at night to abduct Rosina, she vents her anger
at the Count, but fury turns to joy when he reveals that he and “Lindoro” are
one and the same. He hastily marries Rosina, and when officers summoned by Bartolo
arrive to arrest him, he pulls rank, leaving Bartolo frustrated but resigned to
La Clemenza di Tito
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Sung in Italian
2 hours and 50 minutes (with one intermission)
Emperor Tito of Rome has usurped the throne from the father
of Vitellia. Feeling the throne rightfully belongs to her, Vitellia is intent
on vengeance, especially when it seems that Tito is planning to marry the
princess Berenice. Sesto, Tito’s close
friend, is in love with Vitellia. When she urges him to assassinate Tito, he
agrees. After the attempt is foiled, Sesto is apprehended and assumes that Tito
will condemn him to death. Vitellia, however, publicly confesses to the emperor
that she had instigated the plot. She and Sesto each receive Tito’s