EVENT: A Note on Opera: Verdi’s “Otello”
A Note on Opera is back! Join us in September when we’ll be looking at Verdi’s “Otello.”
After a short break over the summer, A Note on Opera is returning for the fall! We’ll be kicking off the next season of lectures with Verdi’s “Otello.”
Verdi’s lifelong adoration of Shakespeare culminated in his 1887 masterpiece “Otello,” arguably the greatest of all Italian operas. With the deft touch of librettist Arrigo Boïto, Verdi streamlines Shakespeare’s “Othello” to focus laser-like on the evolving tragedy of Otello being manipulated into killing his wife Desdemona.
Verdi staunchly defended Italian operatic traditions – the oath duet, the love duet, the storm scene, the mad scene, and that most Italianate of opera conventions, the pezzo concertato; they’re all present in “Otello.” Verdi knew, too, that for Italian opera to survive it must constantly evolve, but for him that meant within its 300-year old tradition.
In “Otello,” Verdi finally achieves a seamless musical language, without drawing any attention to its Italianate conventions, while incorporating the Austro-German musical tradition to give “Otello’s” score a symphonic sweep. In essence, the orchestra itself becomes a character.
Verdi’s genius hits you from “Otello’s” first thunderous chords until the inevitable conclusion.
To be taught in English by David Kerr, no pre-existing musical knowledge required.
Ready to sign up? Here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, September 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $20.00 members, $25.00 non-members
Just click the link below to reserve your place!
We look forward to seeing you there!
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