ITALIAN 461 - Italian Through Opera
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
ITALIAN 230, 232, or 233.
May be elected twice for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This course takes opera librettos as its principal textbook, integrated with a few other texts relevant to the opera or from the period. Over the course of the academic term, students will learn by heart, to music, substantial portions of opera lyrics. Since the language of opera is literary as well as "conversational", grammar review and strategies of comprehension will be provided as needed. Verbal recall of operas' poetry increases facility with the Italian language even as it provides the basis of discussion of literary structure, characterization, themes, and historical context. Operas chosen will vary year to year and every effort will be made to select a work being performed locally that termin order to integrate a trip to the opera into the course. Operas for Fall 2009 to include: Tosca, Nabucco, Falstaff, and Cavalleria Rusticana. No special singing skills required.

Intended audience: Italian concentrators; other undergraduates or graduate students with sufficient grounding in Italian interested in increasing oral and comprehension skills and/or in "Italophone" literature within and beyond Italy's borders. Course Requirements: Evaluation will be on the basis of frequent verification of students' internalization of lyrics, their ability to "name that tune" and their linguistic comprehension. Short exercises will give students' the opportunity to engage with larger questions of the opera's structure, its engagement with literary tradition and cultural models, and the circumstances of its composition and performance. The major accomplishment for the students is their internalization of a complex masterpiece of verbal art in the Italian language.

Class Format: 3 hours per week, recitation format.

ITALIAN 461 - Italian Through Opera
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001 (REC)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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