Ecumen Lakeshore Residents Sing the Praises of Opera

The residents at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth are discovering the enchantment of opera, thanks to the passion and knowledge of residents Jay Amato and Patricia Richard-Amato.

Jay and Pat suggested the idea of viewing operas on film to their fellow members of The Lakeshore Readers — the Ecumen Lakeshore book club.  After reading 70 books together in seven years, book club members were open to new ideas, but even Jay and Pat were surprised by how popular the opera series has become.

"I have been very gratified by the number of residents who have appreciated something new and different at Lakeshore," said Jay. "I have had many appreciative comments from people who are getting exposure to the opera."

Residents of Ecumen Lakeshore now have the opportunity to view a new opera each quarter.  On June 18 the group saw Gaetano Donizetti’s Opera, L’ Elisir d’ Amore (The Elixir of Love) and applauded enthusiastically.  Residents stayed for discussion, h'ordeuvres and wine following the showing.

The events are open to any resident at Ecumen Lakeshore, even those who are unfamiliar with the opera. Each viewing begins with Jay briefing viewers on highlights to watch for, music and background information about each opera.

“Residents at Lakeshore come from all walks of life,” said Lakeshore Chaplain Alice Olson, who is also a member of the book club.  “Events such as our book group and the opera provides us with both sharing life experiences, continuing to learn and have new experiences.  The arts and literature feed us both mentally and spiritually.”