May 21, 2020

Mozart: The Lorenzo da Ponte Operas


We hope everyone is doing well, staying healthy, and enjoying the incredible weather while socially distancing. 

We’re very excited to announce that beginning this Sunday, 24th of May, we’ll be hosting an opera series, Mozart: The Lorenzo da Ponte Operas

But you may be asking yourself, “How do Italian operas by Mozart tie in with Columbia University?The da Ponte Operas are named for opera librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, the first Professor of Italian at Columbia College in 1825 at the age of 76. During the series, we’ll be joined by Columbia Professor Elaine Sisman, Music Humanities Chair for two sessions.

You can register for each event separately (below) but hope you’ll be able to join us for all of them. Each opera will be available online for 7 days so you can watch at your convenience. 

And as always we’re hosting, Tea Time at 4pm on Friday which is open to all Columbia Alumni.  

As we aim to limit our email newsletter to once a month, please make sure you’re connected on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our growing members only Slack community for updates and the latest information on all our activities. 

Do reach out at [email protected] if you need anything. 

Courtney and Stephen

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Mozart: The Lorenzo da Ponte Operas

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One of the highlights of the British classical music summer is the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, a global temple of the genre. We are very fortunate that Glyndebourne have chosen to open their online festival with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most popular Italian operas: The Marriage of Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), and Così fan tutte (1790). Collectively, they are known as 

Before each performance we’ll meet online for pre show drinks and discussion, moderated by Glyndebourne Associate Member and CUCL Chair, Maria Shiao SEAS'86. We’ll also be joined twice by Professor Elaine Sisman, the Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music at Columbia University.

We hope you'll join us for 1, 2, 3 or all the events. 

Tea Time Online


Have a cuppa and chat with alumni online. 

  • No Agenda.
  • No Coworkers.
  • No Commute.

Open to all Columbia alumni (including our newest 2020 graduates). We’ve had members from across the UK, Italy, New York, California, and elsewhere join.  

RSVP to receive the meeting link to this week's Google Meet.

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