College of Arts and Sciences | Opera and German Culture (COLL)
S103 | 18905 | Marc Weiner

TuTh 11:15am-12:30pm

This course will examine how the most celebrates operatic works of
the past 200 years reveal the cultural, political, social, and
artistic interests of their time.  We will engage with a number of
the most famous German and Austrian operas from the late 18th
century to the 1930s (by Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Strauss, Berg,
and Weill), and will also read some of these composers' fiction and
essays, and examine various approaches to analyzing operas and other
kinds of works (biographical, psychoanalytical, symbolic, feminist,
etc.).  No knowledge of German, Music Theory, or the ability to read
music is required.  The only prerequisite is a willingness to
participate actively in a dialog with the group and the instructor
on the musical and literary texts and the cultural issues against
which they can be read.