First Nights - Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera

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First Nights – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera

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First Nights – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera
The course First Nights – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera is an online class provided by Harvard University through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Learn about Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, one of the first operas ever written.
Course description
Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo premiered in Mantua in 1607, and continues to be regarded as one of the most important examples of early opera. With L’Orfeo, Monteverdi helped to establish the techniques and traditions that continue to inform the genre of opera to this day. Harvard’s Thomas Forrest Kelly (Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music) guides learners through the first half of L’Orfeo, highlighting aspects of operatic form and dramatic technique, the rehearsals and cultural context for the premiere performance, and the work’s continued relevance today. There will also be a focus on Monteverdi’s life and work as a Renaissance court musician. In this music course, you will learn the basics of operatic form and analysis, the genres and styles used, and the circumstances of this opera’s first performance and subsequent history. Learners in this course need not have any prior musical experience.

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First Nights – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera

Course Topic

Art and Culture, Humanities, Music

University, College, Institution

Harvard University

Course Skill Level

Introductory

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

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First Nights – Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera

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Topic: Art and Culture, Humanities, Music
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