Opera Prof. Hertz R 5:00-7:30 BH 317 Opera is a hybrid of music, drama, and other art forms. This course will focus on the way in which these art forms work together by studying five great operatic works in conjunction with their literary sources. These are the five target works for the spring of 1999: 1. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and its Beaumarchais source play, Le Mariage deFigaro 2. Wagner's Lohengrin in terms of both text (by the composer) and music as "total-art-work" 3. Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Maeterlinck's original symbolist play version 3. Verdi's Simon Boccanegra and the Piave/Gutierrez text 4. Verdi's La Traviata and Dumas's "Lady of the Camellias" 6. Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and Etienne's source play (IU opera theater performance in February) 7. Leonard Bernstein, Mass (IU performance in April). Attention to the multi-media (theatrical, musical and visual) dimensions of each work will highlight all discussions. Historical, cultural, and ideological considerations will be treated as well. Live piano demonstrations and cd recordings will illustrate the lectures. Occasional live performances possible in class. Attendance at two Indiana University opera theater productions is required. Other special events will be arranged. There are no prerequisites. Assignments: two shorter papers or one well-researched term paper (to be completed in installments during the semester) and one final exam.