A four-part opera film series is set for Thursdays at 1 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The library recently received a donation of 35 opera DVDs from Friends of the Belfast Free Library. To introduce this new collection, the library invites the public to free screenings. A synopsis of the opera will be handed out before each screening.

The series will begin July 12 with the 1988 performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” by the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by James Levine and starring April Milo, Placido Domingo, Delora Zajick and Sherrill Milnes. This is one of Verdi’s most popular operas, famous for its triumphal march and music. It offers the cautionary tale of Princess Amneris’ love for Radames, Egypt’s military chieftain, and his love for Aida, the captive Ethiopian slave. The plot unfolds with great moments of musical mastery, love scenes, duets, parade, dancing and, eventually, death.

On July 26, the series continues with “Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart, performed by the Paris Opera and Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel. This 1979 motion picture version was filmed on location in Italy and directed by Joseph Losey. It is an elegant and beautiful account of the adventures and loves of the passionate rogue, Don Giovanni, the women in his life and their responses to his advances.

In August, the series will continue on the 9th with “La Cenerentola” by Gioacchino Rossini and on the 23rd with “Les Contes D’Hoffmann” (The Tales of Hoffmann) by Jacques Offenbach. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com