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A Q&A with Expert Arthur Kaplan

By | April 5, 2014

Q: The Met and Santa Fe Opera are both presenting the Tales of Hoffmann and The Magic Flute during their upcoming seasons. What would entice an opera lover to see both productions? 

A: Since both works are fantasy operas with non-traditional plots, they offer set designers, stage directors, and singers the opportunity for creative and imaginative interpretations that usually differ greatly from production to production. Comparisons between productions can be most rewarding and illuminating. 

Q: What gives you the greatest satisfaction as Study Leader for Smithsonian Journeys opera tours? 

A: The possibility of kindling the flame of interest and enthusiasm for an art form which I dearly love among newcomers to opera and, secondly, of broadening the horizons and knowledge about that art form in those already interested in opera. 


Arthur Kaplan

Arthur Kaplan has more than 20 years of experience in the opera field, lecturing for major opera companies in this country and leading groups of opera fans to France, Italy, and across the US. Arthur has served as editor of the San Francisco Opera Magazine, written numerous scholarly articles on opera, and interviewed various opera personalities.

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