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A Note on Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”

January 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join in for the Goethe-Zentrum’s latest lecture in our “A Note on Opera” series as they look at Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail.”

With this comic 1782 work, Mozart integrated characteristics of 18th-century opera with the German art form of “Singspiel” [a theatrical piece with singing]. Mozart’s goal was to create “German opera,” distinct from its Italian and French counterparts. And by “German opera,” it meant more than just having the text in the German language.

This lecture will explain what is meant by “German opera,” then analyze how “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” fits into the genre. In addition, it will look at how this work is emblematic of late 18th-century Imperial Vienna.

Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.

Admission: $15.00 members, $25.00 non-members.
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January 17, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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