- Week 5 Discussion Opera and SocietyPlease respond to each of the following questions, using sources under the Explore heading and the textbook as the basis of your response:
1. Using the text as a source and/or the web links listed below, choose an opera by Verdi, or Wagner, or Puccini, give a brief description of the plot and characters. What changes would you make to the plot or characters or storyline to update this opera make it more interesting?
Opera and Society
- Chapter 30, Wagner and Verdi; (pp. 1133-1134), Puccini; review the Week 5 “Music Folder”
- Huizenga article and audio selections at http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/04/11/150420827/talk-like-an-opera-geek-how-verdi-wagner-and-puccini-got-their-grooves
- Wagner video of a stage production (Tristan und Isolde) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAEkTK6aKUM
- Verdi video clip of stage production (Rigoletto) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5NEOh-XhyA
- Puccini video clip of stage production (Tosca) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sSoKbv46zc
- An overall website about operas: https://www.theopera101.com/ (copy and paste the link into a new tab or window to make it live)
2.Person of the week: This week your choices are between Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, American writers and poets, and Claude Monet,
and Edward Manet, artists who broke new ground in France with their painting techniques. Look at the pictures and information in our text and online and then tell us which person you feel is more important and why.
- Here are some links about Whitman https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/whitman/leavesofgrass.html and Dickinson https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/emily-dickinson and Monet https://www.britannica.com/biography/Claude-Monet and Manet https://www.manet.org/
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RE: Week 5 | Discussion [WK 5]
- I chose Wagner. At the beginning it seemed very dark, confusing and fast to the killing, slow to the mourning, I would call this a drama in German. Fortunately my daughter took 2 years of German, even though it was close captioned I needed some clarification on the words by the artists. Love and death stood out to me so I assume this could be delivered as a romantic drama. I get that Isolde requested Brangäne for a death potion, but Brangäne makes a love potion. So, Tristan and Isolde drink it and fall in love. Then Melot deceives those two to King Mark – that’s about what i would assume after reviewing a few times, then not quite putting it together I had to do more research. Thanks Erik
- I have always been a fan of the name Emily. Bummer for her that her work wasn’t published until 20 years following her death. So was she ahead of her own time? Sounds like her passion must have been very strong to read, learn and write as a result of sneaking novels in the house without her strict father knowing about it. Reminds me of just the opposite, when I was a kid and was complaining of “boredom” I was told to “read a book!”. Emily appears to me to have been a very drive, talented individual at a young age – most likely born with it but suppressed by her father. Thanks Erik.
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Part 1 -discussions
1. Using the text as a source and/or the web links listed below, choose an opera by Verdi, or Wagner,
or Puccini, give a brief description of the plot and characters. What changes would you make to the
plot or characters or storyline to update this opera make it more interesting?
Verdi's Opera 'Rigoletto'
In act 2, the sequence of events starts by the actors and events being inside the palace and the
Duke come to learn of Gilda kidnapping. The characters include Gilda, the Duke, the men, and Rigoletto.
The plot seems to change from that of desperation (with news of kidnapping) to that of jubilation when
Gilda appears. The mood also changes to that of fear when the Duke orders the men to lock Gilda and
the subsequent dash to the room. Rigoletto arrival and happily singing seems to create confusion as it is
not known how he got the news of Gilda reemergence. At this point, I would create a scen...