Opera; power, power struggles, politics and religion (MUS 11)

  • Day and time: Tuesday 13:30 - 15:00
  • Length of course: 1 term. Autumn (10 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 23
  • Start date: 06 October 2020
  • Description:

    We will watch dvds of operas chosen for the way in which power is represented by the characterisation, and through the political and/or religious content. The main aim of the course will be to enjoy the music, but we will also explore the extent to which their composers were involved, explicitly or indirectly, in these issues. Operas included will be Mozart's Magic Flute, Bellini's Norma, Rossini's William Tell and Verdi's Nabucco and Joan of Arc. Two productions of each opera will be viewed so that alternative interpretations can be contrasted. No musical expertise is required to follow this course - just a wish to enjoy opera. If the sound quality on your computer is not good, it would be worthwhile either connecting it to speakers or using a reasonable quality sound headset (something comfortable!)

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  • Format: Seminar

  • Tutor: Eunice Fisher
  • I'm an opera enthusiast who loves to share with others the joys of opera's music and dramatic styles. I have been running similar courses since 2011.

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