A Note on Opera is back! Join us in September when we’ll be looking at Verdi’s “Otello.”
June’s edition of the ‘A Note on Opera’ will be the last for the year so we’re making it a good one! It’s just a couple of weeks away so make sure you reserve your spot before it’s too late! This month we’ll be looking at “Der Rosenkavalier.”
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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:
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It’s that time of the month again people, time for the monthly opera lecture when this month we’ll be looking at a Franco-German opera: “A German in Paris: Giacomo Meyerbeer and Grand Opéra.”
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.“
Monday, January 11, 2016 means a return to opera here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and our first ‘A Note on Opera’ lecture of 2016! Join us as we kick off the year by looking at Beethoven’s “Fidelio”
The second Monday in the month is fast approaching again which can only mean one thing – it’s time for another “A Note on Opera” lecture! This month we’ll be looking at Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.”
Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” [The Knight of the Rose] premiered in Dresden in 1911. It was a radical departure from Strauss’s preceding works and his 2nd collaboration with one of the great German-language playwrights, the Austrian Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Originally intended to be a full-blown comedy, as composition progressed “Rosenkavalier” evolved into a nuanced, affectionate observation on the vagaries of the human heart and the acceptance of time passing us by. Though ostensibly set in 18th-century Vienna during the reign of Maria Theresia, the charming anachronisms within “Rosenkavalier” make it a work of nostalgia for a time and place that never really existed. Strauss emphasized that it must be performed with “… lightness and grace, one eye wet, the other dry.”
In Europe of 1911, as war seemed more and more probable, “Rosenkavalier” offered a temporary escape and became a huge success. Rail schedules throughout the German-speaking world were changed to accommodate the throngs traveling to Dresden to see it. Even special trains from Berlin would leave early enough to arrive before the opening curtain and then return to Berlin later that night.
Ready to sign up for a night of opera? Here’s what you need to know:
When: Monday, December 14, 2015
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: $10 Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta Members, $20 Non Members
Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Our monthly opera lecture is back and you need to get your name on the list! It’s a chance for those interested in opera to get a deeper look into the music and the different aspects that contribute to the making the opera what it is. During this lecture, we’ll be looking at Mozart’s “Così fan tutte.”