Opera Studies
A Five-Class Course from the Museum Art School

Kings and Emperors
January 21; February 4, 11, 25; March 3, 2016, Thursdays beginning at 12:30 pm
Tuition: $50 ($70 Non-Members)
(Members of the Vero Beach Opera enjoy the Museum membership price)

Kings, Emperors, and Queens are the subjects of many operas throughout opera history, from Claudio Monteverdi’s 1643 treatment of the amorality of Nero and Poppea in L’incoronazione de Poppea, to Tan Dun’s 2007 The First Emperor, about Qin Shi Huang, who unified China in the 3rd Century B.C. This course will feature operas with kings and emperors in leading roles from three operatic periods:

• BAROQUE: Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione de Poppea and Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse (1730) about the Persian King Artaxerxes I
• CLASSICAL: Mozart’s Idomeneo (1781), King of Crete, based on the story from Homer’s Iliad
• ROMANTIC: Verdi’s early opera Attila (1846), and Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII (1843), a rarely performed French Grand Opera

The course will include a brief overview of singing covering ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Middle Ages, and the Renaissance; then a short history of opera from its beginnings in Florence, Italy at the turn of the 16th-17th centuries to post-World War I.

This Vero Beach Opera and Vero Beach Museum of Art joint program is presented by Opera Studies Chair Wayne Kleinstiver.

(English subtitles for all performances)

Opera Studies Chair Wayne Kleinstiver is a graduate of Colorado College. He studied classical voice with H. Colin Thorpe. Opera and the study of classical singers has been his passion and avocation for more than 50 years, during which he has attended many live performances and acquired a large collection of recordings and videos. He is a member of Vero Beach Opera Board of Directors.

For more details, download the visit the Vero Beach Opera website

Opera Studies is subject to the Museum Art School’s Refund Policy: student refunds are made in writing during each term’s drop/add week. No refunds are possible after the term’s drop/add week. Please contact the Museum Art School office for dates and forms.


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