7:00PM, Monday, February 12, 2024
Delray Beach Public Library
11:30PM, Friday, March 8, 2024
Mandel Public Library
6:00PM, Thursday, June 20, 2024
West Boca Library

Opera Conversations are interactive sessions for life-long learners of all backgrounds. The program makes opera approachable to people with no previous knowledge, while also challenging opera fans to consider fresh perspectives on familiar themes. Our partner organizations provide venues and select topics from PBO’s expanding library of Conversations. PBO staff members facilitate, using a variety of multi-media resources—including clips from PBO’s productions and performances— illustrate, enrich, and stimulate discussions.

The format of each event is flexible and customizable, with priority placed on tailoring the topic to the organization’s needs, and casting the spotlight on participants’ thoughts and insights. Sessions may be traditional lectures followed by a question-and-answer period. Conversations may also take the form of interactive seminars, book club-style discussions, dramatic libretto readings, or panel quiz shows. Access to preparatory reading, viewing, or listening excerpts with study guides may be available to support these formats. Partner organizations may request single events or a series to facilitate an in-depth study of opera.

Each session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Conversations may be scheduled between April 1 and October 31. For more information, please contact education@pbopera.org.

Library of Conversations

Topics that may be scheduled for Summer 2024 are:

Rescues, Quests, and Journeys in Opera
Opera leads audiences into tales of heroic rescues, daring quests, and exhilarating journeys. Hear music from English, French, and German composers who made the most of the multi-media possibilities of opera to tell their stories.

This program is part of the Douglas and Delphine Daft Education & Engagement Programs, with additional support from the Palm Beach Opera Guild.