WNYC is a media partner for the Dahesh Museum of Art’s “Salon Thursdays” Inaugural Event. A talk and a booksigning with Fred Plotkin exploring Aida and Egyptomania. Mr. Plotkin will discuss the opera, where and how Verdi found his Egyptian influences, its reception at the Cairo Opera House in 1871, and the many meanings it contains.
Fred Plotkin, one of the country’s foremost experts on opera, is the author of Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera. He has lectured about opera for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, BAM, the Smithsonian, the Morgan Library, the Los Angeles Opera, the Wagner Society of Southern California, the Salzburg Festival and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. His seminars at the Metropolitan Opera Guild are always sold out, as are his opera/food tours to Italy.