The American Center for Puccini Studies has active outreach and educational programs, serving schools, adult education programs, service organizations, and community centers throughout Northwest Iowa.
Dr. Dunstan and Ms. Krekow are also members of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau. You can book their programs HERE (follow the link for MUSIC.)
Dr. Dunstan: The Ultimate Puccini Experience or "You may not enter heaven until you've heard a Puccini Opera!" How an Italian Farmer Saved the World: Giuseppe Verdi—an introduction to the man and his music Journey and Experiences of the Musical Mind: How music can positively transform your life forever
Ms. Krekow: She Is Music: A thousand years of vocal music by women composers It Ain't Over til the Fat Lady Sings or How to Really Enjoy an Opera! Sing Me Songs of the Earth & Sky: Our shared human experience in song
Cinderella by Pauline Viardot New English Performing Edition by Dr. Harry N. Dunstan AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL. Contact the ACPS HERE. Enchanting, Ravishing, Sophisticated, and always CHARMING, this lighthearted musical adaption of the world’s most popular fairy tale surrounds Cinderella with a wonderful palette of colorful character – a bumbling father, selfish sisters, a protective and exuberant Godmother, and a Charming Prince who trades identities with his chamberlain. Written in 1904 by one of the world’s greatest musical geniuses, Pauline Viardot, the story is told through the use of seven soloists and a pianist. Viardot’s sumptuous score weaves soaring melodies and voluptuous textures into an intimate fireside story that delivers an empowering message of INNER STRENGTH AND BEAUTY that is far ahead of its time! The performance features the new English performing edition by Dr. Harry N. Dunstan, Founding Artistic Director of the American Center for Puccini Studies, and is sung by ACPS Emerging Artists. This hour-long story is sure to CHARM!
Opera:60 Bite-sized versions of your favorite operas! Catch the flavor of an opera in just 60 minutes! La bohème Tosca Madama Butterfly Le villi Edgar Manon Lescaut La rondine CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS PROGRAM!
Classes & Workshops Opera Anatomy: How to really enjoy an opera! How to Listen to Music and REALLY get it! The World of Giacomo Puccini The Secret Love Songs of Puccini Puccini and the Twilight of Italian Opera Music and Culture in 19th Century Italy Giuseppe Verdi: An Introduction to the Man and his Music Giuseppe Verdi and the Creation of Italy’s Modern International Voice The Italians: from Dante to Dean Martin The History of the Operatic Tenor Was Mozart Murdered? Lorenzo DaPonte: The Most Interesting Man in the World and How He Created Mozart's Three Best Operas The History of Opera in Paris from the Ancien Régime to the Second Empire or Napoleon goes to the Opera! Enrico Caruso: The Greatest Singer in History. An Aural Telling of His Life, Times, & Artistry The Song of Shakespeare