Halloween means donning exotic costumes while reveling in the ghoulish, and nothing does these things better than opera. Indeed, who needs Freddy Kreuger when opera is teeming with murder, madness, mayhem, and making out with severed heads? Please join such miscreants as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District) in the commission of their heinous deeds, all to the accompaniment of fabulous music.
Robert Hartwell holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University. As professor of music at Foothill College, he specializes in welcoming the uninitiated into the world of classical music. He co-authored a three-volume series on the history of Western music, and contributed to the New Pedagogies in Higher Education series. He has served as a pre-performance lecturer for the San Francisco Opera.