Norm Hollingshead’s OperaPlus


Do you love opera?  Then Norm Hollingshead’s OperaPlus may be just what you are looking for.

For over thirty years opera aficionado Norm Hollingshead has been delivering his Opera Preview lectures in preparation for each Seattle Opera production. In addition Mr. Hollingshead has for years presented popular Great Singers lectures and other opera-related lectures.  All of Mr. Hollingshead’s lectures  are hosted by the King County Library System, The Kitsap County Library System, the Pierce County Library System and the Sno-Isle Library System.  Using their websites it is easy to get more information on upcoming lectures.  To access Norm’s lecture schedules, click on the “Lectures” menu tab above or visit the Lectures Page.

OperaPlus also hosts annual tours to such exciting venues as the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Portland Opera, and the Vancouver Opera.  For more information on upcoming tours visit the Opera Tours page.

OperaPlus also provides performance/recording reviews of recent Seattle Opera productions as well as of opera performances around the world.  To view these reviews, visit either the Essay Page (dedicated to Seattle Opera productions) or the Travel Essays Page (dedicated to reviews of non-Seattle performances).  Comments about the opinions expressed in these performance/travel essays are welcome.

In October of 2009 OperaPlus began a partnership with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Northwest Auditions.  Each year the NWMO/NC sponsors several splendid auditions of up-and-coming young opera singers--auditions that are open to the public.  For more information click on

In December of 2009 OperaPlus began a partnership with the Bellingham Music Festival which mounts an outstanding summer music festival in Bellingham each August as well as splendid concerts during the rest of the year.  For more information click on

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“Not only does Norm know everything there is to know about opera, he is a story-teller without equal.  Even if I can’t go to to  the opera, I never miss Norm’s opera preview lectures.” -- M.K./Mercer Island

“Norm’s OperaPlus tours are meticulously planned and executed.  Norm is a treasure trove of opera knowledge; he’s an entertaining and enthusiastic speaker.” -- P. H. and S. H./Seattle