Opera Appreciation at the Library

Every Monday from 2:00 to 3:30 in the Community Room of the Mount Kisco Public Library, Susan Grunthal, a local resident, teaches a weekly opera appreciation class.

For several months now, a regular crowd of twenty to thirty music lovers have been attending the dynamic weekly opera appreciation classes. The current series is entitled “Opera Comes to the Movies.” Susan introduces each lecture with a famous movie scene that includes an opera aria. Scenes have included the prison scene from “Shawshank Redemption” in which “Che Soave Zeffiretto” from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is played spontaneously to all the prisoners, and for a few minutes their souls are liberated. Another scene shows Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia” articulating the feelings and emotions of Maddalena in “La Mamma Morte” from Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” to his defense lawyer, Denzel Washington. After demonstrating the audio-visual impact of these wonderful scenes, Susan takes the class through the rest of each opera.

In another series that ran through last fall, residents were treated to “The History of Opera” in which Susan played the most loved overtures, arias and choruses from the best known operas between the 17th and 20th centuries.

One wonderful aspect of Susan Grunthal’s teaching is her passion for opera which she imparts to the attendees of the classes. Susan Grunthal sings with the Taconic Opera, and teaches opera appreciation at the Westchester Community College Collegium, the Tarrytown library, and other venues.

Anybody interested in learning more about opera in our society should attend a class on Monday afternoon.

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