Speak! to host Opera Talks in Charlottesville

This just in from Christina Ball, owner of SPEAK! Language Center in Charlottesville…


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Let’s Talk Opera! 

We are thrilled to announce that Speak! is now organizing the Lecture  Series in conjunction with the popular MET Live in HD Opera Broadcasts at The Paramount Theater. These 35-40 minute lectures are free to all MET HD ticket holders and take place upstairs at The Paramount before the shows (at 12:15pm). 

Our first speaker will be our very own in-house opera expert, musician and teacher Mary Ann Archer, on Saturday October 13 at 12:15pm, before the live broadcast of L’Elisir d’Amore.

You can order tickets for the Met HD broadcasts on The Paramount’s website or at their Box Office. Here’s a bit more info about her surely fascinating talk: 

“Opera from the Inside Out”

On Saturday at 12:15pm at The Paramount Theater, Mary Ann Archer, a flutist with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 26 years, will share how she learned opera from ‘the inside out’, by playing in the orchestra, first learning her notes, then listening to the other instruments ‘ melodies, then hearing the singers, then reading the words and learning the stories. Over countless rehearsals and performances, each opera’s characters and stories became to her like old, dear friends. 

Don’t miss this unique chance to hear some of Mary Ann’s inside experiences of playing L’Elisir D’Amore/The Elixir of Love with the Met, in New York and even in Japan! 

The 13th of October also marks the start of our second fall session of our popular Italian Language through Opera course, Italiano all’OperaLet us know if you’d like to visit a class as our guest one Saturday soon. We have also posted many of our Winter 2013 Italian classes, too! 

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Mary Ann Archer (and her beloved flute) 

Buona giornata! 


Christina Ball, Owner and Director

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