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ENRICH-0041 – Music: Puccini's La Boheme (ENRICH-0041_PUCC)

Puccini in Context: Why We Love La Bohéme

No other opera composer has as high a percentage of super-hit operas as Puccini, and at the top of the list of the Italian composer’s beloved works is La Bohéme—one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. Since its premiere in 1896, this vibrant tale of young love has continued to delight audiences and experts alike. But why? Join music historian Betsy Schwarm as she explores the mystique and magic of La Bohéme. Start with the context within which La Bohéme was released. How was it received at the time? Why and how did this opera stand out from what came before? Consider examples of Puccini’s work in comparison to other trends and masterpieces of opera, as well as the story of how the opera came to be. Examine the ways that contemporary opera companies and directors have staged the production in fresh ways without rejecting tradition. For your third class, head to Opera Colorado for the company’s final dress rehearsal before opening the fall production. Back in the classroom, gather additional insight into what you saw and heard from visiting Opera Colorado General Director Greg Carpenter. Come with questions! Gain a new appreciation for this beloved masterpiece as well as the ways La Bohéme still influences dramatic music today. 10% discount to OC subscribers.

Four sessions
Thur., 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 9, 2017
Opera Colorado dress rehearsal, Thur., 7 pm, Nov. 2
Location: Room 229, Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for Performing Arts, DU campus

Betsy Schwarm (Elizabeth Glesner) writes program notes that have appeared internationally and gives pre-performance talks for the Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado. She has contributed over 200 articles to Encyclopedia Britannica, published six books on classical music as part of her Classical Music Insights series, and spent a dozen years on the air with the vintage KVOD, “The Classical Voice of Denver.”
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 17Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $145


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday19th October 201726th October 201706:30PM - 08:30PMNewman Performing Arts CenterElizabeth Glesner
Thursday2nd November 20172nd November 201707:00PM - 09:00PMN/AN/A
Thursday9th November 20179th November 201706:30PM - 08:30PMNewman Performing Arts CenterElizabeth Glesner