Opera at Florham's Opera Talk is now 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.

Spring semester classes TBA in December 2022.

Registration deadline: three days before each class

Location: Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, FDU-Florham Park

A Reflection of Life

Friday September 9, 2022
11:30am - 12:45pm
Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, FDU

This presentation will elicit an appreciation for both seasoned opera lovers and newcomers alike; and intends to excite the appetites of all those who especially love this art form by sharing insights into the minds and souls of the composers whose works still affect us today.  Although the characters and stories may be of people and places unusual to you, their human experiences are many times like those we know and can relate to; therefore, Opera reflects life!                                                                  

A Trip to Operatic Italy

Friday October 7, 2022
11:30am - 12:45pm
Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, FDU

In 2009, Lou made a long-awaited trip to Italy. He visited places important in the lives of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, and major outdoor theaters in Italy.  A pictorial souvenir of the trip accompanied by the operatic music of these two great composers, this is not a typical “travelogue” but a marriage of pictures and music fitting to opera's ties to Italy. Buon viaggio! 

Singing without Words

Friday, November 11, 2022
11:30am - 12:45pm
Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, FDU

The sound of a singing human voice generally brings pleasure. When a singer expresses words with special or dramatic meaning, one’s experience can be greatly enhanced. There are times, however, when meaningful text ends but the singer continues with “la, la, las” or other non-verbal sounds. This presentation will explore operatic moments when words stop and non-words continue vocalizing that is pleasurable! 


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.