Sep 25, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 030 — Opera This Season

Scott Eyerly
Designed for both newcomers and enthusiasts, this course explores the delights of   a great art form from contrasting angles. All the operas we survey are scheduled to be mounted in New York during the season, allowing students, outside of class, an opportunity to see them onstage. In the fall, these include three new Metropolitan Opera productions: Bellini’s Norma, supreme masterpiece of bel canto style and an Olympian test for the leading lady; Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, the contemporary English composer’s latest work, receiving its highly-anticipated U.S. premiere; and Tosca, Puccini’s indestructible tale of passion and evil. Additionally   we’ll survey Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland), a Baroque gem by opera’s first great composer. After a brief look at the historical background for each opera, we investigate the music and drama itself: What does Bellini do that makes Norma a role so coveted and feared by sopranos? How does Puccini use short musical ideas to remind us of certain characters, whether or not they’re on stage—or even still alive? Enhanced by recorded audio and visual excerpts, this lively course encourages novices and aficionados alike to think differently about opera.

13 weeks

Section 1:
Tuesday 6 – 7:30pm
September 19 – December 12

Section 2: 
Wednesday 5:30 – 7 pm
September 13 – December 13


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