The Libretto: The Unsung Hero of Opera

GENINT 741.397

Osher (50+). In this course, we discuss how libretti shape an opera and the extent to which they suggest music.

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Verdi could compose his music in a matter of weeks but spend as much as a year on picking a subject and refining a text in collaboration with his wordsmiths before writing a note. In this course, we discuss how libretti shape an opera and the extent to which they suggest music. We compare some libretti with screenplays and other literary forms to see how they are similar and different and discover the features of a successful libretto and how a libretto is key to an opera's success. We gain a deeper sense of this much overlooked aspect of opera by considering libretti in the hands of composers as different as Mozart and Wagner; and by examining Felice Romani’s libretto for Lucia di Lammermoor, Piave’s libretto for Rigoletto, as well as Illica and Giacosa’s libretti for La Boheme and Tosca. Operas derived from pre-existing plays, such as Oscar Wilde’s Salomé and Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande, will also be considered; as well as the instructor’s libretto for Journey to Horseshoe Bend (derived from a novel), which taught him how to make suggestions to a composer. Students also create their own libretto from a pre-existing play.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Thursday 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
Instructor: Gordon Williams
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Fee:
$80.00
45 days left. Enroll by Apr 2, 2020
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Notes
No meeting April 9. Plus members pay only $40 for this course. Enrollment limited. Visitors not permitted.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 17, 2020
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Thu Apr 2, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112
Discussion
Thu Apr 16, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112
Discussion
Thu Apr 23, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112
Discussion
Thu Apr 30, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112
Discussion
Thu May 7, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112
Discussion
Thu May 14, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112
Discussion
Thu May 21, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112
Discussion
Thu May 28, 2020
1:00PM - 3:00PM
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Gayley Center 112

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