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Opera for Everyone Spring 2022 adults smile for a group photo.

Fall 2022 Update

Opera for Everyone class met for the first time since Spring of 2019. We were happy to have Victoria Magnusson, ODU alumni and recent vocal graduate as our instructor. The adults in the class enjoyed many guest speakers including Virginia Opera's Artistic Director, Maestro Adam Turner and General Director and CEO, Peggy Kriha-Dye. Victoria received good news that she was accepted in the graduate vocal program at Manhattan School of Music in the Fall. We are excited for this new opportunity for her. We expect to see Marilyn Buxbaum and Agnes Fuller-Wynne as our Fall 2022 Opera instructors.

Opera for Everyone

Opera for Everyone follows the season of various Hampton Roads opera companies. Each fall and spring the class meets for 12 weeks. A dress rehearsal and behind the scenes tour are included for select productions.

Registration is done in class on the first meeting date. Course includes VIP parking next to the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts building!

Spring 2022

Instructors: Karen Hoy and Agnes Fuller-Wynne

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Diehn Fine and Performing Arts, Diehn Composers Room

Dates: March 15h - April 19th

Price: $70

CEU Credit: 2.4 units

Register for Spring 2022 Session


To withdraw from a course you must send a request in writing to oducmd@odu.edu or call 757-683-4075 one business day prior to the start date of the course. Failure to attend a course does not constitute withdrawal. Course registration fees, less a $25 processing fee will be refunded via check per Old Dominion University policy (we are unable to return money to a debit or credit card). There are no refunds once the class has begun.


Participants will study the Virginia Opera Association's production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and ODU's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

ODU Theatre - Cinderella poster


Karen Hoy

Originally from Philadelphia, received the Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University and Master of Science degree from The Juilliard School. Ms. Hoy has performed extensively in recital, opera and oratorio. Read more...


Pen/pencil and paper for taking notes, if desired



Delivery Method

In person by lecture and demonstration.

Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with opera productions throughout the Tidewater area
  • Learn opera music, story, and historical backgrounds
  • Attend VOA rehearsals and see how opera productions are put together
  • Become acquainted with arts organizations in Tidewater, and hear about their season schedules
  • Tour the WHRO studio, and Virginia Opera House
  • Teach students to feel comfortable attending cultural events
  • Broaden knowledge of unfamiliar operas by viewing live presentations from the Met opera that are simulcast to local movie theaters

Target Audience

Senior citizens, adults, couples, and the military