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18th-Century Opera: Handel & Mozart

Harvard University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Music
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $99 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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Overview

In this breathtaking course, you'll get to know the music of two beautiful operas — both in their spellbinding artistry and colorful histories.

First, you'll travel to London in 1724, where George Frideric Handel premiered his most famous opera, Giulio Cesare. Meet the performers and experience what it was like to attend the first production, all while gaining an appreciation for the typical characteristics of Italian opera represented in this popular Baroque opera seria.

Then fast-forward 63 years to the Estates Theatre in Prague for the premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s enduring classic, Don Giovanni. Learn about the challenges Mozart faced during the rehearsal process and the revolutionary relationship he created between music and drama in this opera.

Taught by

Thomas Forrest Kelly

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Karen C
5.0 a week ago
by Karen completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Another charming, informative and engaging entry in Prof. Kelly’s First Night series. No musical knowledge is needed; although some details of music construction are covered, this is a light course of music appreciation, relayed in more of an anecdotal than academic fashion. If you don’t understand opera, you’ll probably come away with some idea of what’s going on; if you are a long-time music fan, chances are you’ll still hear something new.

FMI see my post at my personal blog.
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