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Summer School 2021

The story of opera: a visual and aural feast

THE STORY OF OPERA: A VISUAL AND AURAL FEAST

Elizabeth Handley, musicologist, independent lecturer for The Arts Society (UK)

These lectures, covering the story of opera from its early beginnings in Ancient Greece to the modern works of today, are richly illustrated with a wealth of popular favourites as well as hidden gems, and feature some of the most celebrated voices of the past and the present. The first lecture explores the roots of opera in Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages, experiments in Renaissance Florence, and its emergence during the Baroque era. The second lecture features Mozart’s oeuvre and his influence on the succeeding generation of post-Revolution French and German opera composers. The third lecture covers developments in Italy, from the early Romantics (including Rossini) to Verdi and Puccini. The Late German Romantics feature in the fourth lecture, while the last lecture focuses on significant nineteenth century Russian, French and Czech works, and five key twentieth century operas. It concludes with the works by Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

LECTURE TITLES

1.Early beginnings in Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages; Renaissance and Baroque opera

2.Mozart, and early nineteenth century Romantic opera in France and Germany

3.The Italians: from Rossini to Puccini

4.The two Richards: Wagner and Strauss

5.The Russians, late nineteenth century French and Czech opera, five key twentieth century works, and Andrew Lloyd-Webber

 

This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

 

Date: 18–22 January

Time: 1.00 pm       

COURSE FEES: R375