Opera appreciation: an introduction (23 – 24 July 2019)
What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles.
Mozart: the early operas (Sep-Nov 2019)
Explore Mozart’s operas from Bastien und Bastienne (1768) to Idomeneo, re di Creta (1780-1). Discover the stories and the music of these youthful works and learn about Mozart’s early biography.
Romeo and Juliet: a musical history (Sep-Nov 2019)
The familiar Shakespeare story has inspired many musical adaptations. Delve into works for orchestra, ballet, dance, opera, theatre, musicals and film to find varied interpretations of the ultimate lovers’ tragedy.
Opera studies 1: the operatic tenor (Sep-Nov 2019)
The lyrical tenor voice was used in the earliest operas to charm fair maidens and savage beasts alike. We trace the development of the operatic tenor from simple shepherd to dramatic ‘King of the High Cs’
Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (Dec 2019)
A snapshot of this famous opéra bouffe, providing insight in the cultural and political world of Paris in the 19th century.
Opera studies 2: Mozart and Da Ponte (Jan-Mar 2020)
A precocious musical prodigy turned hard-working freelance meets an exiled Italian-American libertine and professional librettist to create three long-lasting but controversial operas: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così Fan Tutte.
Opera studies 3: operas in production (May-July 2020)
Take a look at operas coming up in the 2020-21 season, and at standard operatic repertoire. Discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples.
You may also be interested in other classes in City Lit’s wide range of courses in Music History.
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