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MCGY2615: The Ultimate Art: 400 Years of Opera

2020 unit information

Since its beginnings around 1600, no genre of Western art music has been more innovative or influential than opera. It has inspired devotion and disdain, and led to innumerable theoretical debates. In this unit, 400 years of changing operatic practices will be explored through a series of seminal works. These will be treated as documents of specific historical circumstances (including contemporaneous singing and staging practices), and as aesthetic objects which have been reinvented continuously down to the present.

Unit details and rules

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Code MCGY2615
Academic unit
Credit points 6
MCGY2611 or MCGY2612 or MCGY2613 or MUSC1506
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of the origins and development of opera
  • LO2. Demonstrate familiarity with a representative range of operatic repertoire both as audio-visual experience and from the score
  • LO3. Think, write and speak cogently about opera from its beginnings to the present day, from a variety of critical perspectives.
  • LO4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of an individual topic chosen for the main essay.
  • LO5. explain opera’s relationship with other musical and theatrical genres, the role it has played in society throughout its history, and its place in the music industry today.
  • LO6. Engage respectfully with the views of others through discussion, and contribute to peer learning

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Semester 2 2020
Normal day Sydney

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