Free LAO Zoom Class / How to Build an Opera

Free LAO Zoom Class / How to Build an Opera

This Week’s Topic – How to Build an Opera: from Overture to Scene For this final session, we will look at the how Rossini and Wagner put their operas together—their distinct approaches to making Cenerentola and Tannhäuser musically coherent—from the...
Free LAO Zoom Class / Bel Canto Dramedy

Free LAO Zoom Class / Bel Canto Dramedy

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...
Free LAO Zoom Class / Musical Artist as Hero

Free LAO Zoom Class / Musical Artist as Hero

This Week’s Topic – The Musical Artist as German Hero: Romanticism, Myth, and Wagner’s Tannhäuser This week we will delve into the two medieval stories that Wagner combined for his libretto: the knight-poet seeking redemption after succumbing to Venus’s...
Free LAO Zoom Class / Rossini & Wagner

Free LAO Zoom Class / Rossini & Wagner

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...
LAO Podcast / Stravinsky’s Oedipus

LAO Podcast / Stravinsky’s Oedipus

In this Behind the Curtain conversation, musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown Montesano and Dr. Arianne Helou, a dramaturg and French studies scholar, discuss “Oedipus Rex,” composed by Igor Stravinsky to a libretto by Jean Cocteau based on the ancient Greek...