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 Opera at Florham's Opera Talk is offered as part of the Fairleigh Dickinson FILL adult ed program. At FILL, seniors age 62 and over can audit courses, enroll for credit or opt for RPI (Retired Persons Institute) classes, taught by lifelong learners for lifelong learners. Classes include a mixture of academic and informal topics, covering subjects as far-flung as Irish literature, the brain and behavior, meditation and photography.


 The Joy of Opera is a series of presentations on Opera with music educator Lou Barrella. Classes are free to attendees who register through Opera at Florham. Attend any or all classes.

Registration deadline: three days before each class

Location: Hartman Lounge, The Mansion, FDU Madison Campus

Registration for the fall semester of FILL is now closed.

Past Events:

The Operatic Harp

September 15, 2023 at 11:30am
Hartman Lounge, The Mansion
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ


The harp is a stringed musical instrument dating back to antiquity. When the harp is added into a musical composition, the listener is entranced by its unique tonal quality, especially that of an ethereal or celestial sound. This presentation will survey the inclusion of the harp in Opera as well as ballet, Broadway, film, symphony and television.   

 Past Events:

Seduction Scenes in Opera

October 20, 2023 at 11:30am
Hartman Lounge, The Mansion
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ

Often, Opera is a reflection of life and human relationships, includingthe experience of seduction.  The seducers can be men or women, princes or paupers. Seductions can lead to moments of bliss, but if discovered by the wrong parties, there may be violent consequences. This presentation will survey Opera’s most exciting seduction scenes - vocally, dramatically and visually - all intended to seduce your senses!

Barrella Bio

Lou Barrella
Opera Educator

Lou Barrella has been a dedicated Music Educator for over 50 years, specializing in Music and Opera Appreciation in schools and cultural organizations. He has given workshops and organized student trips for the Metropolitan Opera Education Department for 40 years. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Colleges, Museums and Cultural Institutions throughout the Metropolitan area, making over 750 presentations since 1993.


He is a Board Member of the Enrico Caruso Museum, a regular presenter at the Mario Lanza luncheons, a co-host at the Columbus Citizens’ Foundation Opera Nights; organizes opera luncheons and dinners at Casa Belvedere in Staten Island, conducts an opera class at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum in Staten Island and lectures with Opera at Florham's outreach program.

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