Opera studies 1: Verdi in focus

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 23/11/20
Time: 13:20 - 15:30
Location: Online
Pauline Greene

Epitomising the public mood, Verdi created operatic hit after hit, working with a selection of tolerant librettists, until his post-retirement blaze of glory. We focus on Nabucco, Rigoletto and Falstaff. This course has a scheduled break week: 26 October 2020.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Verdi’s long career as an opera composer encompassed over 50 years of giving the opera-going public what they loved; although not every opera was a hit, a remarkable number is still in every opera house’s repertoire. How did he appeal to so many, then and now? We look at three operas spread over his lifetime: Nabucco (1842), which became linked to the Risorgimento; Rigoletto (1851), from his middle period, and Falstaff (1893), which was the product of his own resurgence with a new librettist. Through these three very different operas we will examine his working method, relationship with librettists, theatres and the public, his changing style, and the context of his work spanning the second half of the 19th century.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The personal and professional backgrounds of Verdi and selected librettists
- The study of all three operas, including source material, libretto and music
- Verdi in the context of the operatic style of the times.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the development of Verdi’s musical style through these three operas
- Understand the basic structure of these three operas and their component parts
- Consider the operas in the context of their times.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some previous knowledge of opera is useful but not essential but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We recommend: MD997 Opera studies 2: baritones and mezzos

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Course Code: MD998

Started Mon, day, 14 Sep - 23 Nov '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £167.00
Concession: £127.00

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