Opera Studies

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2013-2014
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Courses offered by the Opera Studies Department are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies prerequisites for the course listed.

MUS  R391 - Principles of Acting in Opera

P: Consent of instructor. Basic techniques for the singing actor. Movement, use of body language, use of props, techniques of interpretation, and analysis of text and music.

MUS  R471 - Vocal Performance Workshop I

P: Successful completion of Upper-Division Examination. Open to undergraduate voice majors in the Jacobs School of Music; other students by permission of the instructor. Opera arias and ensembles, musical theater repertoire and spoken texts from theatrical works. Audition techniques, stage movement, and a staged "scenes" production performance.

MUS  R472 - Vocal Performance Workshop II

P: Successful completion of Upper-Division Examination. Open to undergraduate voice majors in the Jacobs School of Music; other students by permission of the instructor. Opera arias and ensembles, musical theater repertoire and spoken texts from theatrical works. Audition techniques, stage movement, and a staged "scenes" production performance.

MUS  R502 - Stage Management

Survey of the duties and responsibilities of the stage manager in opera. The student is expected to serve as stage manager for at least one of the productions of the IU Opera Theater. Preparation of the production book is emphasized.

MUS  R505 - Opera Stage Direction Technique I

P: Consent of instructor. Basic language and analytical technique for interpreting operatic scores. Techniques for organization and producing works of music theatre. Written analysis of scenes, practice in staging scene projects.

MUS  R571 - Opera Workshop

P: Consent of instructor.  Staging and interpretive exploration of operatic arias and ensembles.  Class work culminates in staged public performance.

MUS  R572 - Opera Workshop

P: Consent of instructor.  Advanced work in movement and role characterization for the opera stage.  Class work culminates in a public performance of staged arias and scenes.

MUS  R591 - Principles of Acting in Opera

P: Consent of instructor. Basic techniques for the singing actor. Movement, use of body language, use of props, techniques of interpretation, and analysis of text and music.

MUS  M561 - History and Literature of Opera I

Musical and dramatic content of operas forming standard international repertoire; and survey of major composers’ stylistic development and establishment of each opera’s relationship to its dramatic and musical milieu. Monteverdi to Gluck.

MUS  M562 - History and Literature of Opera II

Musical and dramatic content of operas forming standard international repertoire; and survey of major composers’ stylistic development and establishment of each opera’s relationship to its dramatic and musical milieu. Mozart to Donizetti.

MUS  M563 - History and Literature of Opera III

Musical and dramatic content of operas forming standard international repertoire; and survey of major composers’ stylistic development and establishment of each opera’s relationship to its dramatic and musical milieu. Verdi, Wagner, and nineteenth-century national schools.

MUS  M564 - History and Literature of Opera IV

Musical and dramatic content of operas forming standard international repertoire; and survey of major composers’ stylistic development and establishment of each opera’s relationship to its dramatic and musical milieu. Verismo and the twentieth century.

MUS  X80 - Opera Technical Crew