Brevard Opera

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16
Tuesdays, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Patricia Heuermann
Bill Heuermann
Course Catalogs: 
2019 Summer

The College for Seniors Performing Arts Curriculum Committee collaborates with the Brevard Music Festival in studying three operas: Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and Johann Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus. Sessions 1, 3 and 5 will be presented in the usual way of past Met at the Movies courses, with opening discussion by the instructor Pat Heuermann followed by a DVD playing of one of the operas. Sessions 2, 4 and 6 will include live performances by the young artists of the Janiac Opera at Brevard performing parts of these three operas as well as other musical selections. A period of questions and answers with the Janiac performers will follow these performances. The June 18, July 2 and 16 performance sessions by members of the Janiac Opera of Brevard will be held from 4-5 p.m. and are open to all OLLI members and to UNC Asheville students and faculty. 

Course outline

Instructors: Patricia Heuermann (, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, has directed opera, musical theatre and cabaret performances throughout the United States and Europe. She has taught at New York University, the Manhattan School of Music, Hofstra University and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Since moving to Asheville, she has directed productions for Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Creations and Asheville Community Theatre. Bill Heuermann filmed, edited and created DVDs of Patricia’s   many opera productions from 1996 to the present. He assists in planning the materials and provides the technical support for these classes.