The Ultimate Art: 400 Years of Opera (MCGY2615)


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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One x 1-hour lecture, One x 2-hour seminar/week


Essay (40%), Presentation (30%), Listening tests (30%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Two units from the following (MCGY2611 or MCGY2612 or MCGY2613 or MCGY2614)

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