Course Details

MUSC 217: Opera: Stage, Screen, Recording

Pure pleasure or pure torture? Opera is said to be both. This course is an introduction to opera based on its 400-year history from 1600 to the present. Over the term, we will explore several topics including how music conveys characters’ feelings, singers and the allure of the voice, race, gender, and opera, opera in film, and the experience of live performance. We will deal with a wide variety of pieces and investigate the social and cultural functions of opera via creative research assignments. No previous musical experience necessary. Prerequisite: None, ability to read music is not necessary
6 credits; LA, WR2; Offered Spring 2022; B. McCorkle