First meeting of this class: Jan. 19, 2010
Instructor: Paul Zweifel
tel: 540-639-1295 cell: 540-230-1150
The class will meet 15 Tuesday afternoons from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon and 3 Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Squires 162 (Choral rehearsal room).
We will study six operas in detail, watching videos and discussing the musical, dramatic, historical and/or literary attributes of each. We will also talk about the art form of opera in general, startng with Greek drama and working up to the 21st century.
The class period following the completion of
each opera studied, each student will be required
to turn in a short (1-2 page) critique of the
opera. Do not simply rehash the plot, but
rather attempt to give some insight into the
dramatic, musical or literary-historical
background of the work.
The last six class periods and, if needed, the final exam period will be devoted to presentations by students of an opera not already covered in the class. Teams of students
will be formed to work together on an approximately
one-hour presentation. The instructor will provide a list of operas from which to choose, and will also provide videos and, if desired, assistance in preparation. Or the students
can choose their own favorite opera, if a video is available.
30% class participation (discussion)
40% final presentation.
Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod
Salome by Richard Strauss
Dr. Atomic by John Adams
Texts: Ticket to the Opera by Phil. G. Goulding. (Fawcett books).
Libretti: The libretti of the following
Romeo et Juliette
(French only. Sorry.)
The libretti for Salome and Don Giovanni are available
from amazon.com at reasonable prices.
In addition there will be a handout of an unpublished article on Don Giovanni written by the instructor. Also, the following webpages will be useful:
Tuesday, Jan. 26 (RS)
Tuesday, Feb. 2. (RS)
Tuesday April 20, 27 and May 4. (RS) Critique of Dr. Atromic due April 20.
Wednesday Aporil 21, 28 and May 5. (162)
# indicates visiting professor for this class. Mrs. McDuffie