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How to Listen to and Understand Opera

Sprecher: Robert Greenberg
Spieldauer: 24 Std. und 25 Min.
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To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?

And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

As you meet the geniuses - including the likes of Monteverdi, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini - who have produced some of the landmark artistic achievements of the form, and listen to many of their most beautiful moments, you'll grasp how the addition of music can reveal truths beyond what mere spoken words can convey, and how opera's unique marriage of words and music makes the whole far greater than the sum of its parts.

Beginning with opera's origins in the early 17th century and continuing into the 20th, you'll trace the art's evolution and its ability to convey every shade of human emotion, whether sorrow or joy, drama or buffoonery. You'll understand how different types of voices enhance character. And you'll understand how the invention of the aria gave operatic composers a new power to make human emotions soar, adding to the impact of what continues to be one of the most beautiful musical forms ever devised.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1997 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1997 The Great Courses

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Equally profound and entertaining

Professor Greenberg presents his theme equally profound and entertaining. Spicing his main story with the one or other humorous gossip about composers, conductors, singers and critics, 500 hears of opera history spring to live.

In the lesson he follows a clear concept:
1) Line out as much music theory as is necessary
2) Name the main figures of era and their cooperation or rivalry
3) Chose one work for in depth analysis

And so we come to hear a good part of:
1) Orfeo et Eurydice by Monteverdi
2) Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart
3) Othello by Verdi
4) Tristan und Isolde by Wagner
5) Boris Godunow by Mussorgsky
6) Tosca by Puccini
7) Salome by Strauss

Besides these "main dishes" there is a lot of "amuse oreilles". I found the lecture so enthralling that I committed the sin of binge hearing. And look now forward to the courses about the operas of Mozart, Verdi and Wagner.

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Great

Good story and very well planned - even though there are overlaps to his other titles.