The Building Blocks of Opera

Dates: January 18 - February 15, 2022

Meets: Tu from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church

OLLI Member: $65.00

Enrollment requires a 2021 - 2022 OLLI at MSU Membership

Opera is a magical, dramatic, and musical art form that consists of many elements. This course will examine them individually and in the combinations that make up the finished work. Classes will be devoted to the following:

  • The story, the lyrics, the libretto
  • The musical structures of different types of opera
  • The voice in opera: solos, ensembles, choruses
  • The orchestra in opera
  • Varieties of staging opera

The presentations will involve lectures, extensive video and audio examples, and discussion.

Apply for a needs-based scholarship to take this offering.

Fee:   $65.00

Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church

2152 Graf St Bozeman, MT 59718

Stephen Guggenheim

Stephen Guggenheim is a physician educator whose passion for opera began more than 70 years ago at age 12 and for whom playing and listening to music has been a lifelong project. He has been a member of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and served on their board of directors. He was also a member of the Intermountain Opera Bozeman Orchestra and served on their Artistic Advisory Committee. In past years, he has led more than 25 discussions of opera for Wonderlust/OLLI. In addition, he was a faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Montana State University, from which he retired in 2004.
Date Day Time Location
01/18/2022Tuesday2 PM to 4 PM Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church
01/25/2022Tuesday2 PM to 4 PM Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church
02/01/2022Tuesday2 PM to 4 PM Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church
02/08/2022Tuesday2 PM to 4 PM Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church
02/15/2022Tuesday2 PM to 4 PM Bozeman, MT - Hope Lutheran Church

The structure of this course makes it suitable as an introduction to those unfamiliar with opera. Still, it will also allow confirmed opera lovers to appreciate further what makes its magic work. Students learn how opera has changed over the last 400 years. Attendees will be disabused, if necessary, of the idea that opera is a stuffy art form whose appeal is limited to the elite.


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