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2015-2016 Catalog

MUS 272 Experiencing Opera

Opera is a theatrical genre where the text is sung throughout, and the music contributes indispensably to the work's dramatic and emotional impact. This course considers what makes the experience of opera so compelling for so many. It surveys a handful of the greatest operatic masterpieces from the beginnings of opera to the nineteenth-century "great tradition" and considers contrasts of comic and serious opera, music that narrates vs. music that provides lyrical commentary, etc. [H]