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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Operetta, that seductive little sister of grand opera, has always been much more than risqué couplets, flowing champagne, and romantic intrigues. Popular Smithsonian Associates music lecturer Saul Lilienstein traces the history of a genre that mixes gorgeous music, enduring melodies, comedy, romantic yearnings, and satire in an irresistible theatrical package.

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, in a spirited series of lectures and informal dialogues that explore works by A.S. Byatt, John Banville, Julian Barnes, and Hilary Mantel that have been honored by the Man Booker Prize.