In this breathtaking course, you'll get to know the music of two beautiful operas — both in their spellbindingartistry and colorful histories.
First, you'll travel to London in 1724, where George Frideric Handel premiered his most famous opera, Giulio Cesare. Meet the performers and experience what it was like to attend the first production, all while gaining an appreciation for the typical characteristics of Italian opera represented in this popular Baroque opera seria.
Then fast-forward 63 years to the Estates Theatre in Prague for the premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s enduring classic, Don Giovanni. Learn about the challenges Mozart faced during the rehearsal process and the revolutionary relationship he created between music and drama in this opera.
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Hanna Ratajczak completed this course, spending 24 hours a week on it.
This is an excellent course. I have just finished the course yesterday. I have spent about 24 hours or a little more and absorbed this material like a greedy hamster. That, of course, included a number of performances (some of the 4 hrs long) I watched...
This is an excellent course. I have just finished the course yesterday. I have spent about 24 hours or a little more and absorbed this material like a greedy hamster. That, of course, included a number of performances (some of the 4 hrs long) I watched outside of the course as a supporting materials on YT. The choice of free courses wasn't tremendous so I took something from my older interests. I went in with the moderate interest in Baroque Opera. Using the two sample operas of Handel and of Mozart professor Kelly was able to pull me into a 3 day binge of joy and learning. I am now left with incomparably increased understanding of both composers' operatic style and insatiable appetite for more learning from courses like this, but I don't find them.
Professor Kelly is simply a master educator. He chooses excellent material, he narrates clearly and expressively, invites eloquent guests and creates a massive, deep and enthusiastic context with which creates understanding, promotes further learning and helps to achieve immense sense of satisfaction.
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Thankful to have access to this course. It's engaging, fun, and I feel very lucky to have the chance to take a course on opera from one of the most knowledgeable experts in the world. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in music and opera.
Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I love First Nights. Professor Kelly is one of my favorite educators in the world, and all the courses in the First Nights and First Nights at the Opera series are AMAZING. This course deals with Handel's Julius Caesar and Mozart's Don Giovanni. You'll hear about the arguments between the composers and the actors, you'll learn about the theaters, the candle-lit stages (with lots of fires!), and, most important, about the story and artistic pathos itself. I'm always inspired when I hear professor Kelly talk. My recommendations go for his book First Nights at the Opera as well - an amazing read.
Karen Carlson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Another charming, informative and engaging entry in Prof. Kelly’s First Night series. No musical knowledge is needed; although some details of music construction are covered, this is a light course of music appreciation, relayed in more of an anecdotal than academic fashion. If you don’t understand opera, you’ll probably come away with some idea of what’s going on; if you are a long-time music fan, chances are you’ll still hear something new.