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  1. 1. Opera
  2. 2. I am an opera... <ul><li>1) Lover </li></ul><ul><li>2) Hater </li></ul><ul><li>3) I don’t really know </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>What’s an opera? </li></ul>
  4. 5. Beginnings <ul><li>ca. 1600, Forentine Camerata </li></ul><ul><li>monody </li></ul><ul><li>mythology ( La Dafne , 1598) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Monteverdi , L’ Orfeo (1607) (1607) <ul><li>Orpheus & Euridice </li></ul>
  6. 7. Opera has its beginnings in... <ul><li>1) the tradition of the school musical </li></ul><ul><li>2) the Nineteenth century </li></ul><ul><li>3) an attempt to replicate Greek tragedies </li></ul>
  7. 8. By mid-17th century, <ul><li>Open to public </li></ul><ul><li>Star solo singers </li></ul><ul><li>Aria and Recitative </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment & Spectacle </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Recitative = “spoken” portions </li></ul><ul><li>Aria = “sung” portions </li></ul>
  9. 10. Handel, Giulio Cesare (1724) http://youtu.be/KlTTcooIR84
  10. 11. Late 17th- and early 18th-century operas tend to be <ul><li>1) focused most on entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>2) very serious, solemn, and understated </li></ul>
  11. 12. Enlightenment-era operas probably <ul><li>1) catered mostly to the ruling class </li></ul><ul><li>2) emphasized social reform </li></ul><ul><li>3) were televised shortly after their first performances </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>new focus on middle-class, ruling class made fun of </li></ul><ul><li>moralistic/socially aware </li></ul>Enlightenment-era Opera
  13. 14. Mozart, Don Giovanni (1787) <ul><li>Don Giovanni & Leporello </li></ul><ul><li>Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina </li></ul>
  14. 16. Romantic-era Opera <ul><li>Italy </li></ul><ul><li>France </li></ul><ul><li>Germany </li></ul>
  15. 17. Verdi, La Traviata (1853) <ul><li>Alfredo, Violetta </li></ul>

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