A multi-week series on one opera may seem like a lot, but this series has left past participants wanting more! Explore one of Verdi’s masterpieces – La Traviata! Discuss the words, explore the rich characters, then, hear how Verdi paints both so richly through glorious vocal and orchestral music. Compare and contrast performance interpretations with video clips of vastly different productions with different casts. Understand many of the dramatic and musical details that make it one of the world’s most popular operas. Whether you are an opera newcomer or longtime fan, explore the depth of one of the world’s most popular and most accessible operas. Knowledge of Italian language or prior exposure to opera not necessary. Openness to beautiful music required!
Libretto: While not required, having a libretto (re: script) of La Traviata will greatly increase the enjoyment of the series. Students are invited to bring their own libretto, or to order one in advance for $20. Order forms will be sent to all students registered by January 2nd. A very limited supply of extra libretti will be available in class for $25.