Verdi & Puccini: The Epitome Of Italian Opera
Sunday, November 12 • 2:00 pm •Auditorium
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James J. Kolb, PhD, presents the historical context in which opera blossomed in Italy in the 19th century and assesses the impact of these composers on the operatic form. When people think of opera, first and foremost Italian opera comes to mind, particularly the work of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) or Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Two of the three most frequently performed operas are Verdi’s Aïda and Puccini’s La Bohème (the third is Bizet’s Carmen). Their work spans nearly a century, with at least two dozen of their works in the standard repertory of most of the world’s opera houses. Registration required. Open to all.