Dartmouth College
Introduction to Italian Opera
Dartmouth College

Introduction to Italian Opera


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Steve Swayne

Instructor: Steve Swayne

33 hours to complete
3 weeks at 11 hours a week
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There are 7 modules in this course

This module utilizes Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro to explore opera and close listening in detail.

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7 videos9 readings5 quizzes8 discussion prompts

This module introduces you to the origin of opera. It also utilizes Monteverdi's L’Orfeo to distinguish different styles in opera from one era to another.

What's included

8 videos2 readings6 quizzes8 discussion prompts

This module discusses the purpose of specific operatic conventions in the overture, arias, recitative, finales, choruses, cantabile-cabaletta, and instrumental interludes. It also utilizes various approaches on how music conveys the drama.

What's included

12 videos2 readings2 quizzes7 discussion prompts

This module introduces you to the bel canto era in Italian Opera. It also utilizes Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia to explore the bel canto style.

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3 videos1 reading2 quizzes9 discussion prompts

This module discusses the contribution of Giuseppi Verdi in the bel canto era. It also gives you an understanding of Verdi’s influence from Rossini’s work.

What's included

3 videos2 readings2 quizzes10 discussion prompts

This module discusses how Puccini and his contemporaries challenge history and conventions in Italian opera. It also discusses his presence in the regular repertoire of Italian opera.

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4 videos4 readings1 quiz9 discussion prompts

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2 readings


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