EVDOL 078 - The Best in Small Packages: Great One-Act Operas
One-act operas magically combine inspiration and efficiency. Examples come from every historical era, proving audiences’ fondness for short works and composers’ eagerness to master the form’s difficulties. This course will explore such one-of-a-kind one-acts as Puccini’s Suor Angelica (“Sister Angelica”), a rare score written entirely for female voices and reportedly one of the composer’s personal favorites; Ravel’s L’heure espagnol (“The Spanish Hour”), a bawdy comedy yet told in refined musical language; Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, the composer’s only opera and an eerie exploration of lust and power; and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the most famous one-act of all, which chronicles love and violence in a roving theater troupe. Audio and visual excerpts will complement inquiry into one-act operas’ unique structure, challenges, and glories. No prior experience necessary.
Wednesday, June 9
Thursday, June 10