HISTORY OF OPERA
2011/2012, Semester 2
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 3
To develop an understanding of the function of opera in society from 1600 to the present day and to explain the origins and significance of its constituent parts from the point of view sof a composer, librettist, performer, producer and listener.
Students will need to have passed MUH2116 or apply for permission from the instructor.
Teaching on this module will be in three parts.
Part 1: Individual research - students will begin the module by researching a single opera first staged between 1600 and 2010 and preparing a historical and/or analytical description of the work to be presented in seminar during Week 7. Guidance for this will be provided online.
Part 2: Group Lectures - students will attend COMPULSORY lectures in weeks 7-13.
Part 3: Attending opera performances - students must attend ONE live performance of an opera during the course and attend ONE screening of an opera DVD during weeks 11-13
Weeks 1-3 - Individual preparation and online guidance for seminar
Week 4 - Tutorial Week
Weeks 5-6 - Individual preparation for seminar
Week 7 - Group seminar
Weeks 8-13 - Lectures 10-12 Mondays
This course investigates perceptions of opera over the period 1600-2010 from the points of view of performers, creators and audiences and investigates its function in society as well as in the development of musical history. Students will be encouraged to explore opera from their own perspective before being made aware of the perceptions of others towards this uniquely all-encompassing art form.
Required reading materials:
Opera for Everyone by Jean Grundy Fanelli (Scarecrow Press, Oxford, 2004)
The Viking Opera Guide ed.Holden, Kenyon & Walsh (Viking, London, 1993)
Seminar Presentation (20%) - Students will have studied one opera of their own choice and presented an illustrated paper on it at a group seminar during week 7
Lecture Attendance (10%) - Students will need to attend compulsory lectures in weeks 7-13
Performance Attendance (20%) - Students will need to attend one live and one public DVD opera presentaiton during the semester
Online quiz (20%) - 20 multiple choice questions to be completed by 30 March
Final examination (30%) - A two hour paper involving 25 questions requiring short answers (some multiple choice) and a prepared essay.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week