Opera Talk is a series of free presentations on Opera with music educator Lou Barrella offered on Saturdays in the Spring and Fall at Opera at Florham's home venue, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and community libraries.

Spring classes TBA. 

Opera at Florham is now offering a "Joy of Opera" Opera Talk series with the Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (FILL). 

Spring program TBA.

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Festive Operatic Gatherings

Saturday, October 22, 2022
11:00am - 12:30pm
Kemmerer Library, 19 Blue Mill Rd
New Vernon, NJ

Operatic scenes portraying parties, dinners, balls and other festive events always generate wonderful musical experiences. Many times, solo Arias, big ensembles and choral singing define these famous scenes; and audiences crave seeing them over and over again. This presentation by music educator Lou Barrella will allow us to enjoy some of these memorable musical moments! 

This presentation is free but please REGISTER. Walk ins are welcome.

Confrontational Duets in Opera

Saturday, November 19, 2022
11:00am - 12:30pm
Hartman Lounge, The Mansion, FDU
Madison NJ

When two singers blend their voices, our listening becomes doubly rewarded; and when their characters' interaction is conflicted, we enjoy exciting vocalization and theater! This presentation will feature a variety of memorable duets from Opera scenes where the characters express themselves quite dramatically. Be advised: listening to these duets may cause you to be drawn into the drama.  

This presentation is free but please REGISTER.  Walk ins are welcome.


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.