Introduction to Opera - Schedule

Class will meet for 2 hours/week, in addition to 4-6 hrs listening time per week

Week 1

Musicology 101 (help from John Cooper). Discussion of modern forms and a composer's perspective with Henry Mollicone (artist in residence)

Week 2

Monteverdi's Orfeo et Eurydice or Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Examination of Oratorio; Handel's Messiah?

Week 3

Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze de Figaro

Week 4

Bizet's Carmen, Saint-Saen's Samson et Delilah, Offenbach's Les Contes des Hoffman

Week 5

Beethoven's Fidelio; Donizetti, Lucia d'Lammermoor, or L'Elisir d'amore; Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Ceneretola, or Giullaume Tell

Week 6

Verdi's Rigoletto, La Traviata or Aida

Week 7

Puccini's La Boheme, Tosca, and Turandot

Week 8

Wagner; Die Walkure and Tannhauser

Week 9

Operetta; Die Fleidermaus, and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. 20th Century opera: Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle. Strauss's Electra or Salome. Weill's Threepenny opera.

Week 10

Bernstein's Candide and/or Westside Story (compare to Gounod's Romeo et Juliet). Broadway. Previn's A Street Car Named Desire. Perhaps The Great Gatsby.