The essence of opera is the MUSIC by which the genius of a composer translates all the words, actions, thoughts and emotions of a drama and its characters into the most understandable language of the SOUL!

Through the Opera at Florham outreach program, Music Educator Lou Barrella and other opera experts open up the world of opera to the public through recorded musical excerpts, video selections and narrative. Enjoy an experience of intellectual stimulation and musical pleasure that everyone can relate to.

Lou Barrella has been a dedicated Music Educator for over 40 years, specializing in Music and Opera Appreciation in schools and cultural organizations. He has given workshops and organized student trips for the Education Department of the Metropolitan Opera for 35 years and continues to do so. 

We can arrange an Opera at Florham performance or lecture that fits your interest and venue. To inquire about Outreach, contact us at 973-443-8620 or

September 12, 2020 from 11am to 1pm
Morris County Public Library
Music educator Lou Barrella will take you behind the scenes of one of opera’s greatest events – a 1990 concert in Rome by Josè Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. The concert was held by Domingo and Pavarotti, along with conductor Zubin Mehta, to welcome their friend Carreras back into the world of opera after his successful treatment of leukemia. The concert led to more hugely successful concerts accompanied by a series of best-selling recordings. Mr. Barrella will present excerpts documenting the preparations for the concert, interviews with participants and concert selections, including an international medley and encores, “O Sole Mio” and “Nessun Dorma." Revisit this wonderful concert or experience it for the first time!  
To be RESCHEDULED for the Fall fo 2020
May 2020 from 10am to 12pm
Madison Public Library
Free but RSVP Required
Music Educator Lou Barrella looks at similar scenes depicted in opera, ballet and film through the lenses of music, video and narrative. Experience the operatic and choreographic enhancement of dramatic scenes that tell a similar story, and appreciate the opera and ballet composers' genius as they add the powerful dimension of music to the drama at hand. Compare the films, “Romeo and Juliet” by Zeffirelli, “Camille” starring Greta Garbo and “A Tale of Two Cities” with Ronald Coleman to Gounod’s opera and Prokofiev’s ballet, Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Giordani’s “Andrea Chenier," among others. 
JOY OF OPERA - A Reflection of Life
November 2019
Music Educator Lou Barrella delivered a lecture at the Madison Public Library which shared insights into the minds and souls of the composers whose works still affect us today through recorded musical excerpts, video selections and narrative. Over 60 attendees enjoyed an experience of intellectual stimulation and musical pleasure, reflecting real life situations that everyone can relate to.
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