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Free LAO Zoom Class / Rossini & Wagner

October 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm PDT

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This Week’s Topic – A Tale of Two Opera Composers

We will explore the careers of Rossini and Wagner up to 1850 in the context of European opera cultures—French, German, and Italian—of that time. How did these two creative artists get their start in the world of opera? Where did they achieve their first successes? What musical ideals did they have in common and what were some of the factors behind their very different operatic styles?

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.