Bel canto in Italian means “beautiful singing”. This genre flourished during the first part of the 19th century and was popularized by Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. Their operas conveyed a wide range of moods, from the dark and foreboding productions of Norma and Lucia di Lammermoor, to the comedic lightness of L’Elisir d ‘Amore and La Fille du Regiment. In this course we will view the major works of these two composers and cover the rise and fall of bel canto. In each session, there will be sufficient time for discussion.
LEADER: Irwin Rosenblum has a BS in accounting, an MBA in finance, a BA in music, and a BA in history.
TUESDAYS: 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 25 through November 20 (no class on October 9)