In collaboration with the Senior College of Belfast, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will present a three-part instructional opera series, The Greeks in Opera, led by music educator Richard Brown.

Admission is $10 per class, payable at the door. The screening lectures will take place in the auditorium of the Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.

The series will begin Saturday, Sept. 19, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a viewing of “Hippolyte et Aricie” by Jean-Philippe Rameau. The Opéra National de Paris production, directed by Ivan Alexandre; designed by Antoine Fontaine and Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz; and featuring Le Concert d’Astrée, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, was recorded live for DVD at the Paris Opéra in 2012. The cast is led by mezzo Sarah Connolly.

Composed and presented in 1733, Rameau’s setting of Greek myth introduced a more intimate characterization of these mythological figures, which upset many supporters of the more traditional, well-mannered settings of his powerful rival Jean-Baptiste Lully. This production is true to the original and highly acclaimed.

“La Belle Helene” by Jacques Offenbach, a delightful operatic farce loosely built on the legend of Helen of Troy, will be shown Saturday, Oct. 24, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Offenbach very effectively used these stories to satirize the political affairs of France at the time of Napoleon III.

The third and final opera in this series, “Oedipus Rex” by Igor Stravinsky, will be shown Saturday, Nov. 7, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The work marks the beginning of Stravinsky’s neo-classical period after “The Rite of Spring.”

Instructor Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Boston University and his master’s degree in music history and theory from the University of Connecticut. In his career, he has directed musical theater productions including many of Broadway’s best-known musicals. In addition, he has instructed music courses at the American International College and UMaine’s Hutchinson Center.

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Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or