History of Opera

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course traces the history of opera from its origins to the contemporary age, and identifies the main structural, morphological and aesthetical features. Listening and analysis of some significant operas will be carried out.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire knowledge of historical, structural, dramaturgical and aesthetical aspects of opera, from its origins to the contemporary age.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
The lessons will take place online via «Teams», in a live streaming situation. The students will find all the instructions on how to access the classroom or the online lessons (links etc.), any potential variations to the program and/or to the reference materials (bibliography etc.) on the website for classroom resources «Ariel» (https://ctoscanism.ariel.ctu.unimi.it).
In case it would not possible taking the exam as shown in the Syllabus, the exam will be conducted electronically using the procedure that will be communicated on the Ariel website at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Love and Death: Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore
(detailed syllabus at https://ctoscanism.ariel.ctu.unimi.it)

Unit A:
Historical ant theoretical aspects of the opera.

Unit B:
Careful listening and analysing of the addressed operas; reading of the libretto and, where appropriate, reading of the full score or the piano-vocal score.

Unit C:
Deepening: Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore in the context of the Italian melodrama.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no special requirements.
Teaching methods
Theoretical lessons, guided listening of the approached operas, practical examples at the piano.
Teaching Resources
The class will be supported by reading materials and other digital contents (librettos, essays), which will be uploaded to the course's website on the Ariel platform (https://ctoscanism.ariel.ctu.unimi.it).

GLORIA STAFFIERI, Un teatro tutto cantato. Introduzione all'opera italiana, Roma, Carocci, 2012.
DONALD JAY GROUT, Breve storia dell'opera, Milano, Rusconi, 1985.
ELVIDIO SURIAN, Manuale di storia della musica, 4 voll., Milano, Rugginenti, 2002-2003.
Enciclopedia della musica, a cura di Jean-Jacques Nattiez, IV: Storia della musica europea, Torino, Einaudi, 2004.
CARL DAHLHAUS, Le strutture temporali nel teatro d'opera, in La drammaturgia musicale, a cura di Lorenzo Bianconi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1986, pp. 183-193.
FRITS NOSKE, Procedimenti semiotici nel dramma musicale, in Dentro l'opera. Struttura e figura nei drammi musicali di Mozart e Verdi, Venezia, Marsilio, 1993, pp. 337-347.
JULIAN BUDDEN, Il Trovatore, in Le opere di Verdi, Torino, EdT, 1986, vol. II, pp. 61-124.
MICHELE GIRARDI, Tempo e racconto nel Trovatore, in La Fenice prima dell'opera, 2011/5, pp. 13-28.
- Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, L'Olimpiade
- Gioachino Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia
- Gaetano Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor
- Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto
- Giacomo Puccini, La bohème
- Claudio Monteverdi, L'Orfeo
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Don Giovanni
- Giuseppe Verdi, Il trovatore
- Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story
Assessment methods and Criteria
An oral test will ensure the level of competence and knowledge reached.
Unita' didattica A
L-ART/07 - MUSICOLOGY AND HISTORY OF MUSIC - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ART/07 - MUSICOLOGY AND HISTORY OF MUSIC - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ART/07 - MUSICOLOGY AND HISTORY OF MUSIC - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours