Opera, Ballet and Music Theater Genres

This course considers the relationship between music and the disciplines of drama, dance, and related theatrical expressions. Operas by Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini; operettas by Strauss, Lehar, and Bernstein; and ballets by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev will be considered, as will be more recent hybrid theater forms ranging from the Phillip Glass to the 1960s avant-garde to postmodern examples. Works will be critically analyzed using DVDs, CDs, and piano illustrations.

3/23/2010 - 5/18/2010
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuition: $365.00
Early Registration Rate: $335.00 before 3/16/2010

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Weeks 1 - 2: Opera / Ballet Synthesis

  • Lully at the court of Louis IV; Lully’s Atys
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada
  • Roussel: Padmavati
  • Puccini: Le Villy

Week 3:

  • Mozart & da Ponte operas
  • Verdi: Shakespearean operas
  • Puccini: Fannciulla del West

Week 4: Operetta, the Art of Escapism

  • Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus, Zigeunerbaron,
  • Lehar: A Merry Widow
  • The Great Crash and escapism (1873 stock market crash)

Week 5: American Musical Theater

  • Kern: Showboat
  • Bernstein: West Side Story, Candide
  • Bock: Fiddler on the Roof
  • Soundheim:TBA

Week 6: Modernist Ballet

  • Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
  • Debussy: Jeux
  • Falla: Three-Cornered-Hat
  • Ravel: TBD

Week 7: Stravinsky and the Reinvention of the Classical

  • Apollon Musagète
  • Oedipus Rex and Agon

Week 8: American Avant-garde

  • Crumb: Voice of the Whale
  • Glass: Satyagraha
  • Adams, Reich etc. Works TBD