OperaInstructor: Stephen Guggenheim

Dates: Thursdays; Oct. 29 to Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26)

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: No! The title is not an oxymoron! The course is an introduction to opera for the uninitiated or, for those who have experienced opera, an opportunity to better organize their understanding of it. Abundant video examples will illuminate the history of opera and the musical techniques used in writing and performing its different types. Beginning with the earliest renaissance operas (e.g. Monteverdi), the course will go on to emphasize the opera heydays of the late 1700s and 1800s (e.g. Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, & Wagner), and finally dip a toe into the waters of 20th century opera. The goal is to enhance the participants’ appreciation of the humor, pathos, artistic beauty, and appeal to the soul that are all part of opera.

Class Format: Lecture and listening
Readings: None required

Instructor Bio:
Stephen Guggenheim is a retired physician/ educator and former musician of the Bozeman Symphony and Intermountain Opera Orchestra. He has been enjoying opera for 65 years. While he has great enthusiasm for the subject, he has few official credentials. Nevertheless, he has been faking it reasonably well as facilitator and presenter of the Wonderlust Opera Club for the last five years. As a retired MSU professor he is comfortable speaking on topics he knows little about.

Cost: $75 - member; $110 - nonmember



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