This course provides an introduction to Italian opera and music language and culture. The course develops learners' knowledge of the basic structure of the grammar of opera and its metalanguage, students' pronunciation and phonetic approach to singing. Emphasis is placed upon developing students' understanding of operatic language to produce appropriate interpretations. It also introduces students to the history of Italian opera by considering a variety of concepts and themes linked to opera.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By completion of this course students will be able to:
- listen, read and comprehend brief texts in Italian;
- produce written and oral texts requiring a basic knowledge of Italian grammar;
- produce phonologically accurate excerpts of songs and arias;
- research and present brief commentaries in Italian about composers and operas (themes; music; historical period; artists' most famous performances)
1 Semester-long project (50%) leading to a brief composition, presentation and performance
1 Language of Opera Test (20%)
1 Voice / pronunciation exercise (15%)
1 Cultural quiz (15%)
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Workload13 two-hour face-to-face lectures, 13 tutorials and 12 hours of practice (voice with accompaniment) for voice students taught by the school of music in lecture/tutorial.
D. Noe' and F.A. Boyd, L'italiano con l'opera: Lingua, cultura e conversazione. Yale University Press, 2002.
R. Tartaglione, Grammatica italiana. Firenze: Alma, 1997.
S. Galasso and G. Trama, Italiano in 5 minuti: Eserciziario. Firenze: Alma, 2008.
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