Opera Chiaroscuro:
Exploring the Light and Dark Sides of Opera Composition
Giuseppe Albanese
Recipient of the LLS 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The broad definition of the Italian word "chiaroscuro" is: "a combination (or contrast) of light and dark" and is usually applied to a technique involving painting. In the world of 19th- Century opera, successful composers found it beneficial to work in both the comic (light) and dramatic (dark) genres.These operatic offerings were, for the most part, separate endeavors. On occasion, however, the light and dark would appear within the same operatic work leading to a style known as opera "semiseria". This series will feature opera highlights by four major 19th-Century composers illustrating a wide range of styles. Giusseppe Albanese will provide engaging commentary on both the composers and the operas, many of which are rarely, if ever, produced.
1. La Gazza Ladra by Rossini: Semiseria work with a phenomenal overture
2. Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra by Rossini: Reflective of the fascination Italian composers had with English history
3. La Sonnambula by Bellini: The closest this composer ever came to a lighthearted work
4. I Puritani by Bellini: The topic is once again the trials and tribulations of the English Religious Wars 
5. L'elisir D'amore by Donizetti: A most beloved comic offering from the prolific composer
6. Lucretia Borgia by Donizetti: Capturing a notorious figure from a turbulent time
7. Gianni Schicchi by Puccini: Becoming comfortable with comic material
8. Il Tabarro by Puccini: As dark and grim as it gets in verismo styled opera
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history in 1966. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled the Joy of Opera. For the past 20 years, he has lectured extensively on many operatic subjects and produced numerous video documentaries.

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Date: Fridays, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member