New Operas: A Nonprofessional's Perspective

     A nonprofessional opera-goer views opera differently from a professional musician or critic, and a nonprofessional's point of view is as valid as a professional's from which to offer an opinion on new operas.  After all, we nonprofessionals form almost all of the audience for opera, and without an audience there would be no opera.

Hansel and Gretel

Boston Globe: Recalling that fateful night at Ford's Theatre

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
The opera of Amherst music professor Eric Sawyer was previewed in this Boston Globe article, as well as a Springfield Republican piece.

Opera Performed by Professionals, Produced by Students

November 16, 2000Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College students in a class called “Making Opera,” will do just that when they stage Mozart’s “La Finta Giardiniera” with a cast of professional singers on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The performance, in Italian with English supertitles, is free and open to the public; early arrival is recommended.

Amherst College Senior James Orsher to Present New Opera March 8

March 6, 2003Director of Media Relations413/542-8417

Dramatic Opera "Our American Cousin" Will Have World Premiere at Amherst College on March 31