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Relating to Opera Lecture Series: Romanticism and the lyric stage
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 4:00pm
Relating to Opera Lecture Series: Romanticism and the lyric stage

Relating to Opera Lecture Series: Romanticism and the lyric stage

Tuesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 13
4:00 - 6:30 PM
Lincoln Hall 225
Free and open to the public

Composers, writers, and visual artists of the Romantic Movement created and captured some of the most fascinating characters and compelling stories in all of Western art. The so-called bel canto (literally, beautiful singing) period in opera followed this obsession, especially in the works of the great 18th-century Italian composers Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Vincenzo Bellini. We explore some of the less commonly performed operas of the period and PSU voice faculty demonstrates what it means to teach the art of beautiful singing. The featured performance will be Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment (La Fille du Régiment) which can be seen on The Met: Live in HD March 2 at local cinemas.

Relating to Opera is a series of talks designed to engage those who are curious about opera and want to learn more, as well as passionate operalovers. We will explore the rich history of the art form, while attempting to answer the question, “What makes opera relevant today?” The series features plenty of music spanning over 500 years, including definitive recordings and live performances by PSU students and faculty and guest artists. Each session will offer background and insight on current local presentations and productions.