OperaInstructor: Stephen Guggenheim

Dates: Thursdays; Oct. 29 to Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26)

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: No! The title is not an oxymoron! The course is an introduction to opera for the uninitiated or, for those who have experienced opera, an opportunity to better organize their understanding of it. Abundant video examples will illuminate the history of opera and the musical techniques used in writing and performing its different types. Beginning with the earliest renaissance operas (e.g. Monteverdi), the course will go on to emphasize the opera heydays of the late 1700s and 1800s (e.g. Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, & Wagner), and finally dip a toe into the waters of 20th century opera. The goal is to enhance the participants’ appreciation of the humor, pathos, artistic beauty, and appeal to the soul that are all part of opera.

Class Format: Lecture and listening
Readings: None required

Instructor Bio:
Stephen Guggenheim is a retired physician/ educator and former musician of the Bozeman Symphony and Intermountain Opera Orchestra. He has been enjoying opera for 65 years. While he has great enthusiasm for the subject, he has few official credentials. Nevertheless, he has been faking it reasonably well as facilitator and presenter of the Wonderlust Opera Club for the last five years. As a retired MSU professor he is comfortable speaking on topics he knows little about.

Cost: $75 - member; $110 - nonmember



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