The Rise and Fall of Operetta | Newberry

The Rise and Fall of Operetta

Led by Guy Marco. 8 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Thursdays, May 24 - July 12

2 - 4 pm

This seminar has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $265
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $291.5

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

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

An operetta is a musical work for the stage, with songs and spoken dialogue, and a light-hearted romantic plot in some unfamiliar and exciting setting. The form flourished from the middle of the nineteenth century to the end of the 1920s, when it was replaced by the musical. We will hear selections from the operettas of Jacques Offenbach (inventor of the genre), Johann Strauss, Jr., Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehár, Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml, Victor Herbert, and others, as performed by great singers of the past and present. Eight sessions.

Guy A. Marco (BMus, American Conservatory of Music; PhD, University of Chicago) has taught in 11 universities and written or edited 50 books. He has led Newberry seminars since 1996.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

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