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Opera for Educators: Zemlinsky’s “The Dwarf” and Still’s “Highway 1, USA”

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PST

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Los Angeles Opera presents a double feature of neglected one-act operas : Alexander Zemlinsky‘s Der Zwerg (The Dwarf, 1922) and William Grant Still‘s Highway 1, USA, which was first completed in 1946, but had to wait nearly two decades for its premiere. My introductory talk for teachers and opera lovers will contextualize the works in the cultural worlds of the composers (both of whom suffered from virulent—even murderous—racism) and touch on the   experiences and aesthetic ideals that influences their musical styles.

The LAO’s “Opera for Educators” seminars are held via Zoom and welcome both teachers (with the opportunity for professional development credits) and non-teachers: the only pre-requisite is a curiosity about opera!  Register on the Opera for Educator’s webpage.