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Free LAO Zoom Class / Bel Canto Dramedy

October 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm PDT

2021 11 28 LAO Cenerentola
This Week’s Topic – Bel Canto “Dramedy”: Mixed Musical Styles in Cenerentola

By the time he wrote Cenerentola, Rossini had already mastered a wildly successful comic style and had proven his skill at serious opera as well. For Cenerentola, Rossini mixed his musical styles more freely, adding dimension to the characters and the overall story. During this session, we will listen to examples of these different musical styles and how they enhance Rossini’s Cinderella story.

About this 4-week course…

Ready to rethink what you know about opera history? In partnership with HLAO and Opera League, the LA Opera is kicking off a groundbreaking course that will explore two works from their 2021/22 season: Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola) and Wagner’s Tannhäuser.

Join Kristi Brown-Montesano, Ph.D., Chair of Music History and Literature at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, for an exploration of the fascinating connections and contrasts between these operas as well as the composers, Gioachino Rossini, famed champion of bel canto style, and Richard Wagner, pioneer of the Gesamtkunstwerk (we’d be lost on that word, too, but luckily, Dr. Brown-Montesano is here to help).

This free course is open to anyone and taught over Zoom on four consecutive Saturdays (October 2, 9, 16 and 23) from 11am-12:15pm.

Plus…there are prizes!

  • 45 registered attendees will be selected at random to win two FREE tickets to our production of Tannhäuser on October 16.
  • 5 registered attendees will be selected at random to win a FREE copy of Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano’s book, Understanding the Women of Mozart’s Operas.