Verdi dominated Italian opera from the middle to the end of the nineteenth century. Yet there were other composers who achieved a good level of recognition. This winter our class will explore four of these Italian operas and one German opera. In the following order we will explore: Umberto Giordano’s Fedora (1898), containing the famous Italian Aria “Amor ti vieta” – and which the MET is doing in HD; Pietro Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz (1891), which has the well known “Cherry Duet”; Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (1876), famous for its ballet “The Dance of the Hours” and the tenor aria “Cielo e mar”; Alfredo Catalani’s La Wally (1892), premiered by Toscanini and containing the soprano aria “ Ebben? Ne andro lontan” Our class will conclude with Wagner’s Lohengrin (1850), a high romantic German opera, which the MET is also presenting in HD. Beautiful melody, exciting drama (and yes, some of the plots are beyond belief) and great singers will help to warm us up during the cold winter. Audio and video will be used in class.
David Collins has been lecturing on opera in the greater Boston area for over 25 years. He had been Opera Boston’s resident lecturer for 8 years. He has given opera courses at MIT, Regis College, The Boston Center for Adult Education and The Cambridge Center for Adult Education as well as lecturing at Northeastern University. Dave is currently a trustee of The Boston Wagner Association. Dave received his Bachelor degree from Boston University’s School of Music, his Master’s from Lesley University and did post grad work at the New England Conservatory and the University of Connecticut – Hart School of Music.
Please note this class does not meet on the same day every week. Here are the dates for the class: Begins January 10, and meets 1/24, 2/7, 2/28, and 3/14.