EVENT: A Note on Opera: “Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ and Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’: Opposing views of Nature in German and Czech opera”

It’s nearly the second Monday of the month which can only mean one thing: time for another “A Note on Opera” lecture! This month we’re going with a Czech-German theme:

Join us for our latest lecture in our “A Note on Opera” series as we look at “Dvořák’s ‘Rusalka’ and Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’: Opposing views of Nature in German and Czech opera.”

In breaking away from the Italian and French opera traditions, German opera went toward German folk and fairy tales rather than Greco-Roman antiquity. The role of Nature plays a dominant role in the German folk tradition and therefore in much of 19th-century German opera.

Czech opera separated itself from the German tradition by in turn often focusing on Czech folk stories. While Nature plays a strong role in Czech folk stories as well, it is perceived very differently than in the German tradition. While in the German tradition Nature often appears as threatening and dangerous, in the Czech tradition it’s seen as more of a refuge.

Here are 2 separate opera traditions in the heart of Central Europe, often co-existing literally not only in the same cities but in the same theatres.

We will look at 2 supreme examples of these 2 often symbiotic opera traditions: Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischütz” and Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka.”

Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.

Ready to sign up? Here’s what you need to know:

When: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $15.00 members, $25.00 non-members

Just click the link below to be a part of this great evening!

We look forward to seeing you there!


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