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  • Topics in the History of Opera: Verdi and Shakespeare

    Over the course of his lengthy career, Giuseppe Verdi composed three operas based on plays by William Shakespeare. His operatic treatment of Macbeth (1847) was composed when Verdi was only 33-years old; he would wait another forty years before returning to Shakespeare for his two final (and arguably greatest) operas: Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1891). This seminar focuses on a close reading and analysis of these three operas; literary sources, ottocento operatic conventions, performance traditions, representations of race and gender, genre, etc.
  • Topics in the History of Opera: Verdi and Shakespeare

    Over the course of his lengthy career, Giuseppe Verdi composed three operas based on plays by William Shakespeare. His operatic treatment of Macbeth (1847) was composed when Verdi was only 33-years old; he would wait another forty years before returning to Shakespeare for his two final (and arguably greatest) operas: Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1891). This seminar focuses on a close reading and analysis of these three operas; literary sources, ottocento operatic conventions, performance traditions, representations of race and gender, genre, etc.
  • Topics in the History of Opera: The Origins of Opera

    This seminar examines the origins of opera in Italy from the late sixteenth century until the inception of public opera in Venice in 1637. Offered in conjunction with the PU Opera Theater production of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (1607) in January 2018, the seminar considers the cultural and intellectual context for Monteverdi's opera and others produced in Rome, Florence, and Mantua, considering the relevant literary and musical sources, questions of aesthetics, networks of patrons, performance practice, with special attention to the problems of producing baroque opera today.
  • Topics in the History of Opera: The Origins of Opera

    This seminar examines the origins of opera in Italy from the late sixteenth century until the inception of public opera in Venice in 1637. Offered in conjunction with the PU Opera Theater production of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (1607) in January 2018, the seminar considers the cultural and intellectual context for Monteverdi's opera and others produced in Rome, Florence, and Mantua, considering the relevant literary and musical sources, questions of aesthetics, networks of patrons, performance practice, with special attention to the problems of producing baroque opera today.
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