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Courses 
 
Like our Study Day, courses allow for a more detailed examination of selected areas of opera performance, style, and substance. In March, we will present a course as a live webinar taking place over a sequential four-week period. 
 
Registered participants will receive access to revisit each webinar for 72 hours after the live presentation. 
 
WEDNESDAY MAR 3, 10, 17, 24 2–3:30PM  
Jane Marsh 
 
From flamenco to tango, zarzuela to the fandango, the vibrancy of Spain's music has been far reaching and has also been appropriated and adapted outside of its borders. Join Jane Marsh in this four-week live webinar course as she explores the vocal and stylistic spectrum of Spanish music in the hands of international composers. 
 
 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia—Gioachino Rossini 
A vision of Seville, Spain, as seen through the eyes of the innovative Gioachino Rossini, this beloved classic offer arias that are fast paced and glorious, as exemplified by the popular “Largo al factotum.” Along with Rossini’s quick-witted text settings and inexhaustible mass of musical ideas, his skills as a composer have made this one of the most popular opera buffas in history. 
 
Don Giovanni—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
The legendary Spanish seducer Don Juan is the source for Mozart’s 18th-century opera Don Giovanni. The traits of the Classical style are strongly present in this Mozart masterpiece, lending clarity, balance, and transparency to this exceptionally powerful work. 
 
Carmen—Georges Bizet  
Written as a French opéra comique, where musical numbers are separated by spoken dialogue, Carmen presents its Sevillian characters not only through the spoken word but also through the use of varied elements of Spanish vocal colors, folk music, and rhythms.  
 
Il Trovatore—Giuseppe Verdi  
In Il Trovatore, Verdi employs vocal colors and orchestration beyond that of the earlier bel canto era of singing. Verdi delivers a work so spectacular that it commands more attention than Antonio García Gutiérrez’s Spanish play on which the opera is based, El Trovador. 
 

 

 

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