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18th-Century Opera: Handel & Mozart

Harvard University via edX

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In this breathtaking course, you'll get to know the music of two beautiful operas — both in their spellbinding artistry 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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Thomas Forrest Kelly

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Hanna R
5.0 6 months ago
Hanna 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 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 …
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Karen C
5.0 6 months ago
by Karen 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.

FMI see my post at my personal blog.
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