19th-Century Opera: Meyerbeer, Wagner, and Verdi

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19th-Century Opera: Learn the music and cultural impact of three canonical operas from the 1800s: Les Huguenots, Das Rheingold, and Otello.

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Introduction

19th-Century Opera: Learn the music and cultural impact of three canonical operas from the 1800s: Les Huguenots, Das Rheingold, and Otello.

About this course

Travel through central Europe in the 1800s to experience the premieres of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and Verdi’s Otello. A complement to our course on 18th-century opera, you’ll be introduced to opera through an in-depth study of these canonical works. You’ll learn about the musical details of each opera and the cultural influence of the works by understanding the circumstances of its composition, premiere performance, and its legacy and significance today.

First, step inside the Paris Opéra in 1836 for the premiere performance of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s grand opera Les Huguenots. Go behind the scenes to discover the people and technology that made this type of opera such a thrilling combination of music and spectacle, important in its time but little-known today. You’ll learn about the characteristics of opera from this period, those involved in producing the premiere, and the social context surrounding Les Huguenots.

Then, journey to Bayreuth in 1876 for the first production of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the opening opera of his four-part saga Der Ring des Nibelungen. Discover how Wagner used musical themes to tell this mythical story and learn about the advancements in stage technology that brought this work to life.

Finally, travel to Milan in 1887 for the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s second-to-last opera, Otello. Learn how Verdi’s musical approach to this Shakespearean tragedy, his first opera after a fifteen-year hiatus, was influenced by the operatic innovations of his contemporary, Richard Wagner.

Enroll now to get to know the music of these three amazing operas, the 19th-century cultural context in which they were performed, and how they remain relevant in today’s complex musical landscape.

What you will learn from this Course on 19th-Century Opera?

  • The technologies behind 1830s French opera performances
  • The relationships among major players in the premiere of Les Huguenots
  • How Romanticism differed from the optimism of the Enlightenment
  • The different singing styles in French Grand Opera
  • Innovations in staging between the three periods of opera.
  • How Wagner represented characters and situations with musical themes
  • Wagner’s approach to opera influenced Verdi’s Otello
  • How Act I of Otello looked and sounded at the premiere

Syllabus

1. Introduction: What’s Opera, Doc?

  • Introduction
  • Opera Basics, Part I
  • Opera Basics, Part II
  • Pre-Course Survey

2. 19th-Century Opera: Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots

  • Introduction to Les Huguenots
  • The People Behind Les Huguenots
  • The Opéra Orchestra
  • Inside the Theater
  • In the Studio with Professor Kelly

3. 19th-Century Opera: Wagner’s Das Rheingold

  • Introduction to Das Rheingold
  • Wagner’s Musical Style
  • Bayreuth Festspielhaus
  • Interlude
  • Preparing for the Premiere
  • In the Studio with Professor Kelly

4. 19th-Century Opera: Verdi’s Otello

  • Introduction to Otello
  • Act I
  • The People Behind Otello
  • La Scala in Verdi’s Day
  • Interlude
  • In the Studio with Professor Kelly

5. Concluding Content

  •  End of Course Survey

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PROS: Hosted by professor Kelly, one of the best educators in the world. Learn different singing styles in French Grand Opera. Very informative as well as well-structured course. Can apply for an official and verified easily shareable certificate.

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Introduction

19th-Century Opera: Learn the music and cultural impact of three canonical operas from the 1800s: Les Huguenots, Das Rheingold, and Otello.

About this course

Travel through central Europe in the 1800s to experience the premieres of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and Verdi’s Otello. A complement to our course on 18th-century opera, you’ll be introduced to opera through an in-depth study of these canonical works. You’ll learn about the musical details of each opera and the cultural influence of the works by understanding the circumstances of its composition, premiere performance, and its legacy and significance today.

First, step inside the Paris Opéra in 1836 for the premiere performance of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s grand opera Les Huguenots. Go behind the scenes to discover the people and technology that made this type of opera such a thrilling combination of music and spectacle, important in its time but little-known today. You’ll learn about the characteristics of opera from this period, those involved in producing the premiere, and the social context surrounding Les Huguenots.

Then, journey to Bayreuth in 1876 for the first production of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the opening opera of his four-part saga Der Ring des Nibelungen. Discover how Wagner used musical themes to tell this mythical story and learn about the advancements in stage technology that brought this work to life.

Finally, travel to Milan in 1887 for the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s second-to-last opera, Otello. Learn how Verdi’s musical approach to this Shakespearean tragedy, his first opera after a fifteen-year hiatus, was influenced by the operatic innovations of his contemporary, Richard Wagner.

Enroll now to get to know the music of these three amazing operas, the 19th-century cultural context in which they were performed, and how they remain relevant in today’s complex musical landscape.

What you will learn from this Course on 19th-Century Opera?

  • The technologies behind 1830s French opera performances
  • The relationships among major players in the premiere of Les Huguenots
  • How Romanticism differed from the optimism of the Enlightenment
  • The different singing styles in French Grand Opera
  • Innovations in staging between the three periods of opera.
  • How Wagner represented characters and situations with musical themes
  • Wagner’s approach to opera influenced Verdi’s Otello
  • How Act I of Otello looked and sounded at the premiere

Syllabus

1. Introduction: What’s Opera, Doc?

  • Introduction
  • Opera Basics, Part I
  • Opera Basics, Part II
  • Pre-Course Survey

2. 19th-Century Opera: Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots

  • Introduction to Les Huguenots
  • The People Behind Les Huguenots
  • The Opéra Orchestra
  • Inside the Theater
  • In the Studio with Professor Kelly

3. 19th-Century Opera: Wagner’s Das Rheingold

  • Introduction to Das Rheingold
  • Wagner’s Musical Style
  • Bayreuth Festspielhaus
  • Interlude
  • Preparing for the Premiere
  • In the Studio with Professor Kelly

4. 19th-Century Opera: Verdi’s Otello

  • Introduction to Otello
  • Act I
  • The People Behind Otello
  • La Scala in Verdi’s Day
  • Interlude
  • In the Studio with Professor Kelly

5. Concluding Content

  •  End of Course Survey

Note: Your review matters 

If you have already done this course, kindly drop your review in our reviews section. It would help others to get useful information and better insight into the course offered.

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  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Opera Plays and Acts

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