A History of Opera: Timeless and Dynamic | Newberry

A History of Opera: Timeless and Dynamic

Led by David Pituch. Four sessions. 1 - 3 pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Saturdays, July 27 - August 17

1 - 3 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $195
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $214.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Seminar Description

Many of the standard conventions of opera as we know them today—use of a libretto, an aria/recitative structure, and the presence of a full orchestra, costumed actors, and elaborate staging—were fully established by the time this new musical genre first appeared in the early 1600s. Yet while operatic conventions have remained the same in certain ways, each musical period has put an individual stamp on the genre. This course will provide an overview of the history of operatic conventions, paying special attention to the ways they changed from one period to the next.

Four sessions. E – $195, L – $214.5

David Pituch completed his formal music studies at Northwestern University, where he received his DM, and the University of Colorado, where he was awarded an MM. His interest in opera began years ago when he was invited to Bayreuth, Germany to be a music instructor at an international summer program for young musicians.

Materials List


  • J. Merrill Knap, The Magic of Opera. Da Capo Press, 1985. ISBN: 978-0306802515


  • Donald Jay Grout with Hermine Weigel Williams, A Short History of Opera. Columbia University Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0231119580

First Reading:

  • For the first class. please read chapters 1 - 3 of The Magic of Opera.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.