400 Years of Opera Staging

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: January 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 2018
Fridays, 9-11:30 a.m.
Evan Baker
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Winter

In an historical overview of 400 years of opera, we’ll examine the opera houses, evolution of staging opera, operatic stage and costume design and the advancement of theater technology. Emphasis will be placed on key opera houses in Austria, France, Germany, and Italy. References to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and the Royal Opera in Covent Garden, London will be included as well. We’ll use video excerpts for comparing and contrasting different productions—some outrageous, some traditional—of a single opera. After viewing, we’ll have a lively discussion of the pros and cons of the productions.

Course Outline

Evan Baker (opus492@yahoo.com) is a lecturer and writer on the performing arts, especially production of opera and the works of Mozart. He wrote the popularly 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.