Opera at Florham gave a series of presentations on Opera with music educator Lou Barrella in the fall of 2021 at local libraries.

Visit this page later for spring 2022 offerings.


Revisiting the First Three Tenors Concert

September 25, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm
Morris County Library

This retrospective presentation will take you behind the scenes of one of Opera’s greatest events – the 1990 concert by Josè Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti held at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. View interviews and concert performances, including favorites, “O Sole Mio” and “Nessun Dorma.”

Operatic Goodbyes

October 16, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm
Morris County Library

Saying “goodbye” brings up a diversity of emotions. Leaving one’s home, the death of a loved one, or a romantic breakup is usually accompanied with strong feelings. Opera composers are sensitive to these moments and have created beautiful melodies to express these partings. This presentation explores many of these farewells, including Mimi's very emotional and much-loved goodbye to Rodolfo from La Bohème.

Exploring Similar Dramatic Scenes in Film and Opera

November 13, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm

Kemmerer Library Harding, NJ

This program introduces you to the operatic enhancement of film scenes that tell a similar if not the same story.  Attendees gain an appreciation of the composers' genius as they add the dimension of appropriate music to the drama at hand. Comparisons include West Side Story and Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, Camille and Verdi’s La Traviata, A Tale of Two Cities and Giordano’s Andrea Chenier and The Odd Couple and Verdi’s Rigoletto.


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.