Everything about Verdi

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.

Verdi:  Marrying Italian Bel Canto with German Music Drama

A lecture commemorating the bicentennial in 2013 of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth by Dr. Elaine R. Walter, professor emerita, The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, and founder, general manager, and artistic director of The Summer Opera Theatre Company from 1978 – 2009.

Italian refreshments will be served.

Location:  Apartment 152B, The Westchester
4000 Cathedral Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Please make your check payable to PARTNERS for the Arts, Inc. and send it to:  6858 Grande Lane, Falls Church, VA 22043. Cost:  $35.00 per person ($20 is tax-deductible).

Space is limited and reservations are essential, so please reserve early.


Dr. Elaine R. Walter, PARTNERS’ artistic advisor, was formerly the dean of and a professor of music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America. She was the founder, executive director, and artistic director of The Summer Opera Theatre Company from 1978 to 2008. Dr. Walter has produced or directed approximately 75 operas as well as various music programs for such organizations as the White House Historical Association, the United States Information Agency, and the National Italian-American Foundation. She also has served as the chair or as a member of numerous committees of The Catholic University of America and regional and national education and arts organizations.

Dr. Walter has been an adjudicator or a review panelist for the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, the Pittsburgh Concert Society, the Annapolis Opera Competition, the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob Javits Scholarships, the National Endowment for the Arts/United States Information Agency’s Arts America Program, and the Kennedy Center’s Fellowships for Teachers of the Arts. She was a trustee of Anna Maria College and of the Subcommittee on Music and Liturgy of The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She continues to be a consultant to a number of national and regional arts and education organizations on redefining their mission and organization and to singers for career, management, and employment opportunities. She is a frequent lecturer to national and regional organizations.

She has been honored by The Catholic University of America, which awarded her its Presidential Medal for Community Service; she also has received the Presidential Commission on Women Award, and the Alumni Achievement in the Arts. WETA has named her a Woman of Achievement. Her alma mater, Anna Maria College, bestowed an honorary Ph.D. on her (she was the first alumna to receive this award on the college’s 50th anniversary).