Tragedy and Early Modern Opera

GENINT 711.369

Osher (50+). In this course, we view and discuss selected operas from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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The early modern artists’ ability to masterfully rework traditions of classical and neoclassical tragedy for the operatic stage has produced a number of early European operas, which continue to stand the test of time. But what makes this merger so successful? In this course, we view selected operas from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, focusing our study on the characteristic features of tragedy and its integration into genre of opera. The selected operas include Peri’s Euridice, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Cavalli’s Giasone, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Charpentier’s Médée, Handel’s Rinaldo, and Rameau and Pellegrin's Hippolyte et Aricie. We also consider a number of other short musical examples in order to better our understanding of the resulting genre.

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