MUS 141 Spring 2013 Opera

An introduction to the history of opera, from the genre's birth c. 1600 to the present. At various points in its 400-year development, opera has been considered the highest synthesis of the arts, a vehicle for the social elite, or a form of popular entertainment. Opera's position in European cultural history will be a primary focus of our inquiry. We will also study the intriguing relationship between text and music, aspects of performance and production, and the artistic and social conventions of the operatic world. The multidimensional nature of opera invites a variety of analytical and critical perspectives, including those of music analysis, literary studies, feminist interpretations, and political and sociological approaches. Works to be considered include operas by Monteverdi, Lully, Charpentier, Handel, Gluck, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Puccini, Strauss, Berg, Britten, Glass and Adams. This course may involve a trip to the Metropolitan Opera.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on a midterm, a brief paper, an 8-page paper, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 30
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3477
MUS141-01(S) LEC Opera Division 1: Languages and the Arts W. Anthony Sheppard
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Bernhard 30 3477
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