MUS 266 Spring 2014 Verdi and Wagner (W)

Born in the same year (1813), Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner stand as the two central figures of nineteenth-century European opera. Their divergent approaches to the genre provoked heated debate that continues today. Both composers not only transformed the operatic forms they inherited, but they also had a significant impact on the cultural and political histories of their emerging nations. Throughout the semester we will juxtapose major works by these composers in order to investigate such topics as opera's relationship to its literary sources; the staging of opera; intersections between opera and film; connections between opera and political context; and biographical influences on the creation of opera. Our final meeting will be devoted to the broader operatic and cultural legacies of these two composers. Focusing on one opera per week, we will study Verdi's Nabucco, Il trovatore, La traviata, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff, and on Wagner's Tannhaüser, Lohengrin, Die Walküre, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal. When possible, this tutorial will include field trips to live performances and/or live HD broadcasts of these operas.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on five 5- to 6-page essays and on the quality of the student's critical engagement with the work of his/her tutorial partner
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: previous related course work and/or musical experience is desirable, but is not required; open to all students
Enrollment Preference: sophomores, juniors, and seniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3508
MUS266-T1(S) TUT Verdi and Wagner (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive W. Anthony Sheppard
TBA 3508
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