The Ultimate Art: 400 Years of Opera (MCGY2615)

UNIT OF STUDY

Since its beginnings around 1600, no genre of Western art music has been more innovative or influential than opera. It has inspired devotion and disdain, and led to innumerable theoretical debates. In this unit, 400 years of changing operatic practices will be explored through a series of seminal works. These will be treated as documents of specific historical circumstances (including contemporaneous singing and staging practices), and as aesthetic objects which have been reinvented continuously down to the present.

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Classes

1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour seminar

Assessment

Essay (40%), Presentation (30%), Listiening tests (30%).

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Two units from MCGY2611, MCGY2612, MCGY2613, MCGY2614

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