Course Description

Opera Seminar
Music 198 (4 units)

This opera course will focus on a number of canonic operas: Andrea Chénier, The Magic Flute, Les Troyens, Elektra, Die Walküre, Rigoletto and Peter Grimes. We will examine the connections (sometimes obvious, sometimes not) between these works and classical tragedies, the idea of catharsis, and how some themes and topics recur in different guises throughout the centuries. We will also talk about performance style and practice. The operas will be viewed on Wednesday nights, and conversations with experts on Thursdays. On Tuesdays we will situate and introduce the works. This four-unit course is taught by Ralph Hexter, Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, and Pablo Ortiz, Professor of Music.

There are no prerequisites.
CRN: 42350 (a Music 198 course, maximum enrollment of 20)

 

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