Sneak behind the scenes of Georges Bizet’s complex and enthralling opera Carmen (1875). We begin with the opera’s commission and the Paris premiere. We then explore social themes in nineteenth-century Paris, analyzing the exotic images of Spanish and Gypsy women that shaped Bizet’s infamous femme fatale. We conclude with a discussion of scores, costumes, and staging in several productions of this tremendously popular opera.
One session. E – $110, R – $121
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.
- There are no required materials for this seminar.
- There is no reading assignment for this seminar.
- 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.
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