Puccini: Love, death and truth

Enrolment in this course entitles you to purchase one reduced price ticket for the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī performance of Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi on Saturday 20 July. The ticket is for 20 July only and is a discounted A Reserve seat (RRP $40). You can enrol for just the course ($35) or for the course plus a reduced-price ticket ($35 + $30 = $65).

You will receive your ticket at the seminar.

Please enter the promo code: PUCCINI - to purchase your ticket in addition to the course fee.

Description

Overview:
At times it is hard to judge whether Giacomo Puccini’s music is traditional or progressive. Does the use of verismo (truth) musical and dramatic techniques lend themselves to the cinematic attributes of distance and proximity?

In this seminar you will investigate and celebrate the tragedy of Suor Angelica, set in a convent in the 17th century, and the comedy of Gianni Schicchi, originally set in 1299. See how the plots of both operas are motivated by things lost and unseen, and by the concealment of two deaths. By depicting within the musical narration, the themes of family and parental love, Puccini demonstrates how music begins where words cease.

This illustrative seminar introduces the two operas being performed by the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī in the Hannah Playhouse from 19-21 July 2019.

Target audience:
This seminar is for anyone with an interest in opera, particularly anyone planning to see New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī performance of Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  • increased your understanding and appreciation of two Giacomo Puccini operas – Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
  • Appreciated the complex way in which they were composed
  • Compared the two operas with more mainstream operas such as Madama Butterfly
  • Learnt how the domestic in the operas illustrate larger human purposes
  • Evaluated the importance that Puccini placed on these operas and questioned if it is justified.

Course outline:
This Saturday-morning illustrative seminar introduces the two operas being performed by the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī in the Hannah Playhouse from 19-21 July 2019.

It will cover the genesis and purpose of the operas being composed, why Puccini was so intent of composing these short operas, and why he was determined to have them performed as a unit.

There is a short break half-way through the seminar and morning tea is provided.

Teacher:
Margaret Medlyn is the Head of Classical Voice at the New Zealand School of Music. She has a considerable professional career and is well-known as a charismatic actor.

Relevant links:
New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī
Hannah Playhouse
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For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
Phone 04 463 6556, Email: conted@vuw.ac.nz

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