Academy of Lifelong Learning



Fine & Performing Arts


Judie Oberholtzer


Fridays, September 8 - 29 (four weeks plus 9/17 opera performance)

4:15 – 5:30 pm



From the soft, stirring notes of the Prelude to the magnificent Triumphal March and the heart-wrenching finale, AIDA has captured the imaginations of operagoers for nearly a century and a half. One of the most popular operas of all time, Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece is set in Ancient Egypt and contains some of his greatest music. The class format will be a little different this time with the Kennedy Center Sunday matinee live performance occurring halfway through - after the first two on-campus sessions - in which we will have familiarized ourselves with the story and the music. The second two post-performance sessions will include more listening and viewing as well as spirited post-performance reactions and discussion. **PLEASE NOTE: This class is open to all; the trip to the performance is optional. There is an extra charge for the opera ticket and the bus ride, approximately $200 plus dinner costs, on September 17. Once you have agreed to purchase a ticket, the cost of the opera performance and bus trip are non-refundable. Sign up at the first class session - only 40 seats are available for the trip.**

JUDITH OBERHOLTZER, a retired performer and college Professor of Music, holds the Artist Diploma in Opera at the Doctoral Level from the University of Hartford, Hartt College of Music. She has performed numerous major operatic roles with Commonwealth Opera of Massachusetts and Hartt Opera Theater and has also appeared with Connecticut Opera. Opera is her passion!