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Thursday at the Opera - Lecture I



Thursday at the Opera - Lecture I

Our series Thursday at the Opera is back at the Institute from February 15th until March 29th.

The series will be presented by Deirdre O'Grady, Emeritus Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies of University College Dublin. The illustrated lectures she presents will consider Puccini’s works and their sources, influences, great performers in specific roles in which they triumphed, and famous stage productions. The lectures will begin on February 15th and end on March 29th. Each lecture will last about one hour starting at 6:30pm on Thursdays.
Lectures will be in English.


15th February: Lecture I - Introduction to Verismo and Puccini’s Contemporaries - From the Factory to the Café, Theatre within Theatre, From Primitive to Exotic

The series will start with an introduction to Puccini’s historical context. From the final quarter of the XIX century until Puccini’s death in 1924 Italy witnessed the emergence of a new professional bourgeoisie. All the workers answering to the needs of new social structures soon occupied the pages of a new literature providing objective reality and logical progression. There soon was born a variety of reading material to satisfy the interests of a newly educated class. Innovation in opera was provided by La Giovane Scuola, a group of young composers with new ideas.


Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Entrance : Free