EVENT: A Note on Opera: Hector Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust“
With the Richard Wagner festival underway in Bayreuth, what better way to get involved than to come to one of our opera classes! The August class is fast approaching and we don’t want you to miss out on the action! This month we’ll be discussing Hector Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust.“
Neval’s 1828 translation into French of Goethe’s “Faust“ triggered Hector Berlioz to compose his 1846 adaptation. The composer described it as a “dramatic legend,” a work that isn’t a choral symphony but not quite a traditional opera, either; it often has been called “an opera of the mind.” But with modern technology, however. it more and more is presented as a comprehensive, immensely satisfying stage work. “La Damnation de Faust” has all the grand effects and intimate moments characteristic of “French Grand Opera,” namely large choruses, ballet, star turns for the principal singers, and a mezzo-soprano rather than a soprano in the lead female role. Its symphonic excerpts are regularly included on orchestra programs and will probably be recognizable.
Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required – sounds great, right?
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, August 8, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $10 for Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta/Alliance Française d’Atlanta members; $20 for non-members, At the Door: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members
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We look forward to seeing you there!
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