Robert Butts

Conductor ● Composer ● Educator

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Lectures and Classes

  • Maestro Robert W. Butts at Arena de Verona
  • Maestro Butts Discusses Beethoven in Concert
  • Maestro Butts at Washington's Headquarters, Morristown
  • Dr, Butts Studies the 1693 Manuscript of Alessandro Scarlatti's La Giuditta
  • Maestro Butts at The National Opera Center, New York

Robert Butts is a prolific and highly regarded lecturer on all music genres, from classical to modern. He lectures in and around New York and New Jersey.

Lectures & Classes - Fall 2017

September 27, October 4, 11, 18,  November 8 (Wednesday Afternoons) – 1:30 PM – Giacomo Puccini – World’s Most Beloved Operas – The operas of Giacomo Puccini have been among the most beloved of all since first performed in the 1890s and set the standard for what has come to be called “Verismo Opera.”  Despite critical rejection, Puccini created operas that touched the heart with music that created a new musical theater sound.   Drew University Mini-Course, Madison Public Library, 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940, 973-408-3118,

September 22, October 6/12, November 3/10  (Friday Evenings) – 7:30 PM – Friday Night at the Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozaret – Abduction from the Seraglio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio, Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff, Richard Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Bernards Township Library, 32 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, 908-204-3031

September 7/14/28, October 5 (Thursday afternoons) – 1:00 PM – Let’s Go to the Opera: Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Morris Plains Community Center, Jim Fair Drive, Morris Plains New Jersey, 973-292-2063

September 25, October 2/16, November 27, December 4/11 -(Monday Afternoons) – 1:00 PM – Bel Canto: Operas of Mozart-Rossini-Bellini-Donizetti-Verdi – Bel Canto refers to operas featuring beautiful and emotional arias and focused primarily on the singer, Mozart’s operas contain the earliest traces of bel canto style developed to greatest impact with the Italian masters of the Romantic Era.   The Adult School, Westfield Memorial Library, 550 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090, 973-443-9222,

October 13/20, November 3/20 (Friday Mornings) – 10:30 AM – Leonard Bernstein & American Music: An introduction to the music and impact of Leonard Bernstein on the eve of celebrating his 100th Anniversary.   Washington Township Public Library, 37 E. Springtown Rd. Long Valley, NJ 07853, 908-876-3596,

September 18/25, October 2/9, 16, November 6/13 (Monday Mornings) – 11:00 AM Leonard Bernstein: America’s Musician –  Approaching the 100th Anniversary of Bernstein’s birth, explore the impact he had on music and his legacy for American conductors, composers, and musicians through his work as a conductor, as an educator in the new medium of television, as a composer of concert and theater music, and as a humanitarian.   Leisure Learning, Bernards Township Library, 32 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, 908-204-3031

November 17 (Friday Morning) – 10:00 AM – Giuseppe Verdi and Love in Romantic Era Opera: a discussion of the romantic couples of Verdi’s operas.  Lifelong Learning Institute, 120 Bloomfield Ave,Caldwell, NJ 07006, 973-618-3000