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MUS-215   Survey of Opera History3 credits

This course is appropriate for students without a background in music. A study of the historical development of opera with topics alternating from the works of Mozart, Italian Opera, German Romantic Opera, French Grand Opera, American and British works through the 21st Century. Attention will be given to the musical and stylistic characteristics, the music/poetic synthesis as seen through the libretto, and the role of opera in a societal and political perspective.