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"European History Through The Lens Of Opera explores a selected history of Europe, from the Middle Ages through World War II, via a study of popular opera from across the continent. Operatic music has touched people’s emotions since its inception. Many composers and librettists have turned to historical events for inspiration, and to give personal color to those events with powerful music and staging.
This class, featuring operas in French, Italian, German, and Russian, will give attendees a broad overview of specific events in European history that have been immortalized in the operatic art form. History will be analyzed and illustrated by the operatic selections from the works that most accurately contribute to the telling of these stories.
Middle Ages (13th-Century Italy): I Vespri Sicliani
Middle Ages (14th-Century Spain): La Favorita
Middle Ages (15th-Century France): Maid of Orleans (Joan of Arc)
Renaissance (England): Maria Stuarda
Renaissance (France and Spain): Don Carlo
Religious Repression (17th-Century England): I Puritani
Religious Repression (French Revolution): Dialogues of the Carmelites
Napoleonic Era: Tosca
World War II: Kaiser von Atlantis
This class is held via Zoom on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. starting April 1. Registration is $200 for nine sessions; drop-in rates are available for $35 per class."
Bay Street Theater
Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27