Verdi and Puccini


A note on NEXT semester's Tuesday class:
Italian Opera from The Barber of Seville to Turandot

The essential embodiment of Italian Romantic nationalism, Verdi’s 27 operas form the cornerstone of the international repertory. We will consider seminal early works as well as epochal and mature masterpieces such as Aida and Rigoletto. Generally considered Verdi’s heir, Puccini possessed an acute, uncanny theatrical sense. Works such as Tosca and Turandot are among the most viscerally effective stage works in history. Sessions will include listening, watching (on DVD), and analyzing music and text.

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