HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
Section: 001 Opera, Gender and Culture
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
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Open to Honors students. May be repeated for credit with permission of department.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course explores the historical and musical contexts around opera, culture, and drama. With a focus on three to four selected operas students will be able to get an overview of the major trends of in the genre along with in-depth study of specific works. The course will examine the sources for plots and their adaption into opera, the special relationship between the text and the music and they come together to create a unique type of drama. While the course analyzes the historical context of each opera’s first performances, we are also going to look at how the performance of these works resonates in our time today. Most, if not all, of these operas are part of the standard repertoire and we will look at how they create meaning today through staging themes such as class distinctions, gender portrayals, racial representations, expressions of sexual fidelity, and the pain of betrayal.

If you are already an opera lover or if you know absolutely nothing about opera and have wanted to learn more about how this genre works, this class will not only expose you to wonderful music, but also help you find different ways to understand the historical past and make sense of the present. From reactions to the political and social instability to different articulations of identity, the plights of opera characters tell us more than static fictional stories; they show us how people articulate their beliefs and define themselves over different periods in time. Attention to musical form and style, composer biography and placement in music history, and contemporary musicological methodologies will be presented in a way that engage those from all musical backgrounds (no prerequisites required).

Intended Audience:

(No prerequisites required, but preference given to those with some background in music).

HONORS 251 - Honors Humanities Seminar
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001 (SEM)
5LSA Hnrs
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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