18th-Century Opera

Handel & Mozart

In this breathtaking course, you'll get to know the music of two beautiful operas — both in their spellbinding artistry and colorful histories.

First, you'll travel to London in 1724, where George Frideric Handel premiered his most famous opera, Giulio Cesare. Meet the performers and experience what it was like to attend the first production, all while gaining an appreciation for the typical characteristics of Italian opera represented in this popular Baroque opera seria.

Then fast-forward 63 years to the Estates Theatre in Prague for the premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s enduring classic, Don Giovanni. Learn about the challenges Mozart faced during the rehearsal process and the revolutionary relationship he created between music and drama in this opera.
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Length 5 weeks
Effort 3 - 4 hours per week
Starts Sep 26 (17 weeks ago)
Cost $99
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Instructor Thomas Forrest Kelly
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags Art & Culture History Music

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I have spent about 24 hours or a little more and absorbed this material like a greedy hamster.

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Another charming, informative and engaging entry in Prof. Kelly’s First Night series.

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No musical knowledge is needed; although some details of music construction are covered, this is a light course of music appreciation, relayed in more of an anecdotal than academic fashion.

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Using the two sample operas of Handel and of Mozart professor Kelly was able to pull me into a 3 day binge of joy and learning.

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I am now left with incomparably increased understanding of both composers' operatic style and insatiable appetite for more learning from courses like this, but I don't find them.

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Rating 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 3 - 4 hours per week
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Cost $99
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Instructor Thomas Forrest Kelly
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags Art & Culture History Music

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