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MCGY5602: Opera and Society

Opera has a unique capacity to capture the imagination by grappling with enduring cultural and social concerns. This graduate seminar examines opera's engagement with themes including politics, history, myth, sexuality, national identity, popular culture, film, otherness, social class and power, religion, and the supernatural. Selected operas engaging with these themes will form the basis of each weekly session. Students can then choose to focus on a selected area, or choose to offer a broader perspective for assessment.

Code MCGY5602
Academic unit Musicology
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. take a critical approach to a wide range of operatic repertoire, considered as music, literary text and performative experience
  • LO2. demonstrate enhanced research, information literacy and writing skills.
  • LO3. apply a variety of analytical and critical methods to repertoire across a wide range of styles and periods, and apply these approaches to new or unfamiliar repertoires
  • LO4. think, write and speak critically about opera
  • LO5. articulate a critically informed understanding of major themes and concepts in opera as a cultural, social and performative phenomenon
  • LO6. communicate effectively with peers and with expert and lay audiences from a range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.