Opera Highlights Class at the University of Hawaii

Lynne’s class on Opera is for anyone who is new to opera or who is seasoned opera buff.  Her love and understanding of music is vast! Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the music, the composer, the history and more is contagious. I’ve been attending Lynne’s Opera class for years.  It’s always such a pleasure! I am able to learn just what I need to know to help me to enjoy and more deeply appreciate an opera that’s coming to HOT.   You won’t want ever to miss any of her classes after you have experienced one.  — SaraLyn Smith, J.D.

Opera Highlights

Enrich your opera experience and enjoy the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s 2017 opera season – a season of love and passion told through timeless stories and beautiful melodies!

Lynne Johnson will be giving her elucidating and entertaining lectures in advance of the upcoming Hawaii Opera Theatre productions. The class will consist of two,  two-hour sessions.  The first, Thursday, January 19, will focus on the 1995 operaA Streetcar Named Desire.  This powerful opera is based on Tennessee Williams’ famous play with music by André Previn.

The second will be on Thursday, April 13. It will focus on Jacques Offenbach’s delightful and charming Tales of Hoffmann, based on stories by the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann.

This course includes an onsite visit to a technical rehearsal Blaisdell Concert Hall on Friday, April 14.


Lynne Johnson received her MA in musicology in 2001 and her PhD in musicology in 2009 from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is an avid Francophile and both her master’s thesis and her doctoral dissertation happily required her to do research in Paris. She teaches courses in music history at UH Mānoa. As a community volunteer, Lynne sits on the Boards of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Manoa Heritage Center, and Hawaii Opera Theater.

Dates: January 19April 13, 14
April 14 is an onsite visit to a technical rehearsal at Blaisdell Concert Hall starting from 7pm.Time: 7 PM to 9 PM Location: Music Building Room 36

Tuition: $34

Lynne’s opera lectures are a must for my wife, Anny, and me.  Her insights are artistically, technically and historically stimulating . . . her enthusiasm infectious. She delivers her messages with humor, wit and accessibility.  They enrich our enjoyment through understanding.  But beware – they may turn you into an Opera geek!  —Steve Turner