MUSICOL 605 - Special Course
Section: 001 Opera as Spectacle
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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This seminar considers the adaptation of opera to new technologies of illumination (gas light and electric light), of illusion (the diorama and the phantasmagoria), reproduction and transmission (the phonograph, radio, television, and film) and explores the incremental development of a regime of spectacle in opera during the nineteenth and the twentieth-centuries. We consider the new regimes of visuality introduced by industrial modes of illumination in the theatre after the 1820s; the consolidation of an audio-visual regime of illusion in the opera; the accommodation of audiences to the sensational poetics of total spectacle; the global circulation of theatrical technologies; the emergence of the idea of song as spectacle, allegorized by the figure of the diva; and the remediation of opera by technologies of sound reproduction and transmission, such as the phonogram, radio and film up to the mid-twentieth-century.

MUSICOL 605 - Special Course
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001 (SEM)
W 8:30AM - 11:30AM
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