The course provides a survey of opera from its inception in the 17th-century to the present, considering such issues as opera’s relationship to its cultural context, contemporary stagings, opera conventions and singers (including the castrato), opera and literature, exoticism, and opera’s representation of gender and sexuality. Classes will allow students to focus on close readings/viewings of specific scenes. Students enrolled in the course will have the opportunity to attend at least one performance at the Metropolitan Opera.

Sample reading list:
Monteverdi, Coronation of Poppea
Verdi, Rigoletto
Wagner, Die Walk├╝re
Britten, The Turn of the Screw
Mozart, Don Giovanni
Stravinsky, The Rake’s Progress

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly listening assignments; readings of librettos; optional video showings of opera performances.

Other information:
No technical knowledge required. Students may find it useful to have some experience reading music, or a previous music course (such as MUS 103), or some background in performing (chorus, undergraduate groups, instrumental lessons, etc.)

Faculty

Sections

L01

Monday and Wednesday,
12:30 - 1:20 pm

P01

Wednesday, 2:30 - 3:20 pm

P02

Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:20 pm

P03

Monday, 11:00 - 11:50 am

P04

Monday, 2:30 - 3:20 pm

P05

Tuesday, 10:00 - 10:50 am

Instructor(s)

Wendy Heller