Afternoon at the Opera

Junior Classical League (JCL) members, JCL moderator Dr. Wayne Rupp, and Fine Arts Department Chair Brenda Castillo visited the New Orleans Opera and saw the first act of Wagner’s Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) as a part of the New Orleans Opera’s Student Night Out.

The Student Night Out performance is free to students and their chaperones in order to promote a love of opera and music. Before the open dress rehearsal performance, Dr. Tara Melvin, Director of Community Partnerships & Education, gave an overview of a brief explanation of the performance and a short music history lecture about the development of opera and theater. New Orleans has a rich history of opera and is the site of the first opera house in the US.