The Met Live in HD: Introduction to the Operas

Plan to attend the broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera productions, live in high definition, this Fall. Then get an introduction to each opera before you go. Join Kathryn Bumpass, Professor Emerita of Music at CSU Fresno, for preludes to 6 operas:

10/1 - Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - Figaro, the Count's personal servant, is engaged to marry Susanna, maid to the Countess. The Count, a bit of a philanderer, is attracted to Susanna. Servants scheme to thwart the Count, while his long-suffering wife seeks to reclaim his affection.

10/8 - Verdi: Macbeth - (note: class will meet in 4760 on this date)
Verdi?s treatment of Shakespeare's great tragedy. The powerful and demanding. Role of Lady Macbeth dominates the opera.

10/15 - Bizet: Carmen - A gypsy, a soldier, a bullfighter, bandits and smugglers ? Carmen has it all. The seductive and fatalistic heroine proves the downfall of a young soldier from the country in this racy drama.

10/22 - Wagner: Die Meistersinger - The winner of a song contest earns the hand of the heroine in marriage in this, Wagner?s grand human comedy.

10/29 - Lehar: The Merry Widow - Lehar's frothy operetta about a wealthy Parisian widow. Listen for familiar melodies, like "You'll find me at Maxim's" and "The Merry Widow Waltz".

11/5 - Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann - Drawing on the stories of ETA Hoffmann, a famous 19th century writer and musician, Offenbach's opera casts Hoffmann as the hero of his own tales. The writer recalls three affairs while waiting for his final and true love. The women's roles are all portrayed by one singer.

LOCATION: San Luis Obispo Campus Room 4750

INSTRUCTOR: Kathryn Bumpass

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