MUS 19
Williams Opera Workshop Winter 2024

Class Details

The Williams Opera Workshop winter study course will prepare and present two fully staged performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni sung in Italian with reduced orchestra. The goal of the course is to simulate the workings of an opera house at all levels, from artistic to administrative, and to provide students with the full experience of what goes into putting a show up in a professional environment. Admission to the course will be open to students interested in performance (singers, dancers, and instrumentalists), rehearsal accompanying, conducting, choreography, stage management, set construction/scenic art, costume design, dramaturgy, stage crew, and lighting design. No previous experience necessary for registration, though acceptance into the course and designated responsibilities will be assigned based on the needs of the production and the skills of the individual. Roles will be cast prior to January 2024 by audition (date and time tba) and orchestra will be selected and contacted separately at the discretion of the conductor. An informal interview will also be scheduled for those interested in the production side to determine areas of interest and experience. Enrollment in the course is not required for participation in the production, though if your role in the project is substantial we recommend enrollment to make the best use of your time. Evaluation for the course will be determined based upon regular attendance, effort, timely preparation of each student’s assigned responsibilities throughout the term, and will culminate in the final performances in which each student involved will be expected to attend.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 75
Expected: NA
Class#: 1227
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Performance(s)
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Auditions/experience
Unit Notes: Erin Casey is an Artist Associate in Voice and Co-Director of the Williams Opera Workshop at Williams College. She received her B.M. from DePaul University and her M.M. from Northwestern University. Paul La Rosa is an Artist Associate in Voice and Co-Director of the Williams Opera Workshop. He is a graduate of Williams College, The Juilliard School, and the Patrick G and Shirley W Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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