In collaboration with the Senior College of Belfast, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will present the second in 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.

“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. In general, the 19th century showed little interest in Greek mythology, but Offenbach effectively used these stories to satirize the political affairs of France at the time of Napoleon III.

Some people might call this operetta a French Gilbert & Sullivan. The screening presents a 1997 production by the Zurich Opera House with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting. Leading roles are sung by Vesselina Kasarova as Helene; Deon Van Der Walt as Paris; Carlos Chausson as Calchas, high priest of Jupiter; and Volker Vogel as Menelaus, king of Sparta.

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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