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INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Guggenheim and guests.

DATES/TIME/LOCATION: Fridays - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. preceding selected Live from the Met HD opera telecasts.  (See  schedule below) Friday classes at Pilgrim Congregational Church; Opera Telecasts at the Regal Theater complex, Gallatin Valley Mall.

Jan. 28, 2015 – The Tales of Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach (Broadcast Jan. 31)
March 13, 2015 – The Lady of the Lake by Gioachino Rossini (Broadcast March 14)
May 8, 2015 (Tentative) – Soir Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini (Intermountain Opera Bozeman live performances, May 15 and 17).

COURSE INFO: The Wonderlust Opera Club is an ongoing activity of Wonderlust.  It provides an introduction to opera and a forum for discussion of some of the operas which can be seen and heard in the Gallatin Valley, either in live performances of Intermountain Opera Bozeman or in HD telecasts Live from The Metropolitan Opera in New York.  Discussions will provide background on selected operas, offer an opportunity for participants to share their knowledge and experiences of opera and attempt to explain the great appeal of this implausible art form. Topics include history of opera, musical and theatrical styles in opera, characteristics of famous opera singers past and present, and issues of opera production. We anticipate presenting introductory material for people new to opera and the club and enough new material to interest people who have joined us in previous years. Registrants will receive e-mail bulletins describing opera opportunities in the Bozeman area.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Stephen Guggenheim is a retired physician and medical educator who started listening to Metropolitan Opera (radio) broadcasts in the 1950s. He was a member of the Bozeman Symphony and the Intermountain Opera Orchestra and he is a member of the Intermountain Opera Advisory Board.

COST: Free to members ($25 non-members). Opera performance admission is additional and paid to the theater.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust