History of Opera

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ART/07
Language
Italian
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

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lessons will be given in presence in the classroom and in streaming on the TEAMS platform of the Course. Access registration to the classroom has to follow procedures given by the University.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: The opéra comique in XIXth-Century France
(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: La fille du régiment in the context of the French opéra comique
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.
CLAUDIO TOSCANI, De «La fille du régiment» à «La figlia del reggimento». Identité nationale et transfert culturel, in Théâtre et musique, transferts culturels et identités nationales, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2020, pp. 93-116.
PAOLO CECCHI, Ideologia borghese e «democratizzazione» dei sentimenti ne «La fille du régiment», in Donizetti, Parigi e Vienna, Roma, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2000, pp. 131-175.
CLAUDIO TOSCANI, Introduzione storica, in GAETANO DONIZETTI, La fille du régiment, Milano, Ricordi, 2021 (Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Gaetano Donizetti), I, pp. XI-XXIII.
- 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
- Gaetano Donizetti, La fille du régiment
- 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
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