Shakespeare as Opera (MUSC2667)


This course will study the literary and musical strategies employed by composers and librettists in the adaption of the plays of Shakespeare into opera. Operas to be examined are taken from nearly 400 years of operatic repertoire including the classical, romantic, modernist and postmodernist periods. Recent CD and DVD recordings of both the plays and operas will be used, and current adaption theory as applicable to opera will be investigated.

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1 x 2 hour seminar/week


1500 word mid-semester assignment (25%), 4,500 word essay (75%).

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 junior credit points.

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