Dying Divas

Rudolph M. Bell (History)

This seminar explores the motif of female death as performed in the Grand Opera. In the quintessential soprano role, women are often killed by their jealous suitors or even their fathers; brides sometimes poison themselves, often after mortally stabbing the husband imposed upon them, and divas join their lovers in death rather than live without them. This seminar focuses on Italian opera seria, with excursions for Wagner’s Brunnhilde and Bizet’s Carmen, and includes heroines from such operas as Lucia di Lammemoor, La Traviata, Aida, and Madama Butterfly. We will attend a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 04 index 07208