Giuseppe Verdi: His Life, Times, and Operas

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23
Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m.
Evan Baker
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2019 Fall

Rigoletto, Trovatore and Aida are among the most beloved operas by Verdi. We will examine Verdi’s operas and how his wife Giuseppina, his friends, librettists, publishers, impresarios and contemporary opera houses all contributed significantly to the creation of the composer’s magnificent operas. Important videos, audio examples, and digital presentations will be part of the course. This is a resumption of the course cut short in Fall 2018.

Course Outline

Instructor: Evan Baker ( is a lecturer and writer on the performing arts, especially production of opera and the works of Mozart. He wrote the acclaimed book From the Score to Stage: An Illustrated History of Continental Opera Production and Staging, (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Additionally, Evan worked for many years in opera houses in Europe and the United States.