Ten Tuesday Afternoons, 1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. September 5 - November 7, 2023


The fall 2023 opera appreciation course will focus on Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NC Opera seasons. Taking the time to study the background of each of these operas greatly contributes to our enjoyment. All classes will be by Zoom. As always, participants will receive comprehensive information about each opera that we study plus links to the music that we hear, benefits that other opera appreciation courses may not offer.

The course is open to experienced opera lovers and to newcomers. Prior to each class, I will provide background information on the opera, including recommended reading, watching, and listening. All classes will be recorded. Links to the class recording and to the video clips will be available after each class. If the day and time of the course doesn't work for you, feel free to sign up and enjoy the course at your convenience.

Instructor Margie Satinsky

Margie Satinsky is a long-time opera lover who has attended more than 200 performances in the United States and Europe. She has taught opera appreciation classes since 2012, both independently and through OLLI at Duke. Her classes have focused on Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, Russian opera, a Tribute to Black Opera Singers, In a Different Voice (different voice types), and other special topics. Margie is a founder and President of the Triangle Wagner Society.

Optional Sunday Afternoons Triangle Wagner Society (TWS) Programs

Course participants will have the opportunity to attend three fall Triangle Wagner Society (TWS) programs. The September, November, and December programs will be by Zoom. The October program will be live at The Forest at Duke. All programs are recorded, and a link to the recording will be available within 24 hours. The programs are free to those who have paid TWS membership dues for 2023 or 20243. The guest fee is $15/person.

  • September 24, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Zoom program with Kip Cranna on "Wagner in His Youth: How Beethoven and Bellini Won His Heart"
  • October 8, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Live program with Desirée Mays on "The Nobility of Hans Sachs Contrasted with the Love Triangle of Wagner, Cosima, and Ludwig"
  • November 5, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Zoom program with Tom Grey on "The Splendid and Shameful Art – The Question of Dance in the Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk"
  • December 3, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Zoom program with Michael Steinberg on "Richard Wagner and the Nationalization of Feeling: The 2022 Exhibition at the German Historical Museum, Berlin.

To register for the TWS events, please contact Martha Dimes, marthadimes@gmail.com, and pay by check or online at www.trianglewagnersociety.com. If you pay by check, make it payable to Triangle Wagner Society and mail it to Richard Falvo, 427 Wild Rose Lane, Pittsboro, NC, 27312. To pay online, go to www.trianglewagnersociety.com/events/upcoming-events/.

About this Website

The website will contain links to the music we will hear and other background information on each opera.

Questions and Additional Information

Please contact Instructor Margie Satinsky with questions and requests for additional information: margiesatinsky@icloud.com; (919) 383-5998 (home/work), or (919) 812-2235 (cell/text).