Martin County Library System Press Releases

November 16, 2011

Lecture Series Featuring Operas of 2011-2012 Palm Beach Opera Season Begins Dec. 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  NOVEMBER 16, 2011                                                                                       

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403            

Four-part opera lecture series begins Dec. 7 at Blake Library

WHO:                    The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., sponsor, in support of the Martin

                                County Library System


WHAT:              Discover Opera:  Faust, by Gounod

                                Presented by Helen Sagan


              Using humor and many anecdotes about opera stars, as well as DVD excerpts with

              English translations, Helen Sagan will present the first in a four-part lecture series at the

              Blake Library featuring operas of the 2011-2012 Palm Beach Opera season, beginning

              2:00 p.m. December 7 with Gounod’s Faust. The Discover Opera series continues

              January 25 (Carmen), February 22 (Romeo and  Juliet) and March 21 (Lucia di


                                Beware of making a pact with the devil! In Gounod’s opera, Faust sells his soul to

                                Satan in exchange for wealth and sensuous pleasures. He seduces and then abandons

                                the innocent young Marguerite, setting in motion a dramatic and ultimately tragic



              The Discover Opera series continues January 25 (Carmen), February 22 (Romeo and

              Juliet) and March 21 (Lucia di Lammemoor).


              A recently retired music teacher from Wellesley, Ma., Helen Sagan has been giving

              opera talks to adults for over 16 years and is a performer herself, having appeared with

              such stars as Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, James McCracken and Jerry Hadley. She

              is a member of Boston’s renowned Chorus pro Musica and has sung in performances

              with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh

              Symphony and the American Symphony in both Boston and Carnegie Hall and Lincoln

              Center in New York City. Helen has been in several staged productions of The Opera

              Company of Boston with Sarah Caldwell. She currently is director of the South River

              Opera Club in Stuart, which brings opera lectures, films and live performances to the


WHEN:                 Wednessday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:              Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.  No reservations required. 

For more information or to learn about the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library website at


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