The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center, will conclude on April 22 with an illustrated talk about Beethoven’s Fidelio by Mark DeVoto, a retired professor of music from Tufts University. DeVoto’s lecture will consider Fidelio as an example of mighty musical design and compelling human drama. He notes: “Fidelio is the only opera that Beethoven composed; it took him years to get it right the way he wanted. It’s a bold statement about human freedom from oppression as well as great music. It has never been as popular as many more famous but less weighty operas, but it still holds the stage today; musicians love it because the music is intellectually challenging as well as brilliantly melodic and sonically strong; singers are still scared of it because the principal roles are so difficult; audiences hold it in high regard when it’s well performed.”
In addition to the daytime event, Northern Lights Film Society will offer a screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 version of the opera at 7 pm the same day. The production, notes DeVoto, was “‘Modernized’ to the extent of changing the location from early 19th-century Spain to an unnamed militaristic country of the present day. Despite this dislocation of the text and venue, this performance really works well, and is musically superior.”
A long-time participant in the Sunday series, DeVoto is an Eastport summer resident.
Sunday Afternoons at the EAC programs are held downstairs at the EAC. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please visit www.eastportartscenter.org. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.