Rochester Hills Public Library Celebrates Michigan Opera Theatre

On September 12 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., the Rochester Hills Public Library will host Michigan Opera Theatre’s OperaHERE outreach program with musicologist Austin Stewart.

Substituting for Dr. DiChiera’s lecture, the Michigan Opera Theatre will celebrate opera through its enrichment experience, OperaHERE. This program introduces new and experienced audiences to two great pieces of opera, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

“The OperaHERE program is designed to make you think about opera in new and revealing ways,” says Stewart. “Each session is illustrated by live musical performances and visual examples and includes opportunities for question-and-answer and discussion.”

As the audience engagement coordinator for the Michigan Opera Theatre, Austin Stewart resides as the MOT musicologist, covering topics ranging from cultural and historical context woven into operas to current events through an operatic lens.

“We are thrilled to have Austin Stewart present OperaHERE at the Rochester Hills Public Library,” says Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley. “Exploring MOT and opera classics with some of Michigan’s most respected names in the business will make for an evening not to be missed.”

At the program, the Rochester Hills Public Library will be dedicating its new baby grand piano in memory of former Library Trustee, Nadine Harvey.

“Nadine Harvey was an amazing trustee for this library as well as an astounding woman in our community,” says Library Director Christine Lind Hage, “She continues to bless us with her generosity and we are honored by her gift of support.” 

Registration is available online for this event at calendar.rhpl.org. Sign up in advance as space will be limited.

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