Adventurous Lectures for Lovers of Opera Now Streaming!

2021 – 2022 ALLONS on ZOOM

Discover fascinating details about Josephine Baker’s life and work with the French Resistance during World War II; learn how William Shakespeare, as a playwright and poet, has been an inspiration for operatic productions from his era through the present day; and hear about the 1851 novel by Henri Murger that inspired Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème. Whether you are an opera lover, or simply operatically curious, these informal and educational lectures are not to be missed!

LECTURER, DATE, and TOPIC (details below):

  • Dr. Kristen Burton, Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM:  JOSEPHINE BAKER
  • Mr. Tyrone Hayes, Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM: SHAKESPEARE IN OPERA
  • Dr. Felicia McCarren, Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM: La bohème

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2021- 2022 Lectures

Dr. Kristen Burton

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM


Join the National World War II Museum’s Dr. Kristen Burton for an evening of fascinating insights into the life of Josephine Baker and her successes as a singer, dancer, and agent for the French Resistance. This series-opening program follows New Orleans Opera’s presentation of An Homage to Josephine Baker.

Mr. Tyrone Hayes

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM


Did you know that William Shakespeare, one of the most recognized poets and playwrights in the English language also has had a documented impact on the art of opera? Mr. Tyrone Hayes will illuminate several examples of the Bard’s influence on operatic compositions up to the present day, noting specific works that have made it to the stage.


Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM

La bohème

Before New Orleans Opera’s production of  Puccini’s  La bohème  on April 1 & 3, Dr. Felicia McCarren will offer insights into the composer’s appropriation of Henri Murger’s book Scènes de la vie de bohème  as a source of his inspiration. 


The ALLONS! lecture series was piloted in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and is an acronym for Adventurous Lectures for Lovers of Opera Now Streaming. It also has an intentional double meaning: the English translation of the French word “allons” is “Let’s Go!”


Kristen D. Burton earned her Ph.D. in Transatlantic History in 2015 from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Burton is a historian of cultural and social history, specializing in cross-cultural exchanges and personal encounters across the Atlantic Basin. She has been teaching history courses at the university level, both in class and online, since the spring of 2013, teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington, Louisiana Tech University, and Loyola University New Orleans. From 2018-2021, she joined the staff at The National WWII Museum to create original classroom curriculum on the history of WWII, designed for grades 7-12. Also while at the museum, Dr. Burton hosted and authored original scripts for the podcast, To the Best of My Ability, which focused on the Truman administration during the end and aftermath of WWII. In the fall of 2021, Dr. Burton joined the faculty in the Department of History & Classics at The University of Alberta to teach courses on US History, the history of gender and sexuality, and the history of food and drink.

Dr. Burton’s monograph, ‘Slow, yet Sure Poyson: How Alcohol Became an Intoxicant and the Origins of the Temperance Movement,’ is forthcoming from Louisiana University Press, with an expected publication in 2022.

Baritone, Tyrone Hayes is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Hayes is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his Master’s degree in Voice Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University and Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of New Orleans. His teachers include Dr. Rebecca Hays, Dr. Maryann Kyle, Dr. David Bernard and Dr. Valerie Francis. He has worked with vocal coaches Carol Rausch, Janna Ernst, Wayne Wyman, Dr. Jeffrey Peterson and Jerome Shannon. Hayes is voice professor at Alabama State University where he also serves as Director of Opera Workshop, and Trebled Soul Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Roles that Mr. Hayes has performed include Marcello in La Bohème, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Count Monterone and the title role in Rigoletto, the title role Gianni Schicchi, Tonio in I Pagliacci, The Wolf in Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. On the concert stage he has been a soloist in the premiere of Edwin Penhorwood’s An American Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, and Charpentier’s Christmas Oratorio.

Felicia McCarren, Professor of French at Tulane University, and associated faculty in Film Studies, is a cultural historian and performance theorist. Felicia is the author of four books on the history of performance. Her new book on the Paris Opera, One Dead at the Paris Opera Ballet; La Source 1866-2014 (Oxford, 2020) explores four historical performances of an Orientalist ballet by the Paris Opera’s first archivist. In 2016-17, Felicia was a Resident Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study and the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. At Tulane, Felicia co-organizes the international research group PARIFA (Performance, Archive and Repertory in the French Atlantic, She has received grants for her research from the NEH, Levin, and Lavin-Bernick funds.