Explore the origins and early development of opera in Western Europe. We begin with the courtly entertainments of the Renaissance, when music and theater were intertwined with myth, magic, and royal ceremony. We end with the star-studded commercial enterprises of the Enlightenment, along with the divas, impresarios, and chattering socialites who peopled them. Participants will develop skills in opera analysis and become familiar with many historically significant compositions.
Six sessions. E – $230, R – $253
Brian Oberlander holds a PhD in musicology from Northwestern University. He has taught courses in music history at Northwestern, National Louis University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Newberry.
A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.
There is no reading assignment for the first class.
- Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Tuesday, January 7.
- Phone registration opens at 12 pm (CST) on Wednesday, January 8.
Early registration (E) prices are in effect from January 7 at 9 am through January 24 at 4 pm. Regular registration (R) prices are in effect January 24 at 4 pm through the end of the term.
We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.
**This seminar has been canceled.
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