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PUCCINI AND THE END OF POPULAR OPERA
July 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The operas of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) stand among the most beloved of all works for the lyric stage, with La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900) and Madama Butterfly (1904) regularly listed among the ten most frequently performed operas. It is also clear that no subsequent opera composer has been able to capture the popular imagination to the same degree, from advertising to soccer tournaments and the Olympics, to television talent shows, and even supplying the plots of hit musicals like Rent and Miss Saigon. This course considers what made Puccini’s music so effective and enduring, as well as why he was the last composer of truly popular opera. Scenes and extended passages from all his major operas will be discussed in terms of their melodic structures, harmonic language, use of the orchestra, dramatic fluidity and “realism,” stylistic diversity, and the composer’s underrated engagement with musical modernism.
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams
3:00 – 4:30 pm, Mondays
July 8 – 22
Cost: $32 for members; $44 for non-members
Room Location: Canticle Center 148
You may register by contacting 419-824-3707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org