"OPERA : FIVE WEEKS IN PARIS"

Miles Nadal JCC

Five Monday afternoons

1:30   to   3:30 p.m.

 

23rd   M A R C H ,   2 0 2 0

to   27th   A P R I L ,   2 0 2 0

 


 at THE MILES NADAL JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRE

750 Spadina Avenue, (at Bloor Street)

Toronto, ON  

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To register, please call    L I S A    R O Y   at the JCC  ... (416) 924-6211 x 155.

For more information, please use this link to e-mail   L I S A   R O Y

(Coordinator, Active 55+  : Culture, Education, Community)


 

For centuries, Paris has been both a “model” and a “magnet” - the richest and most dominant city in Europe.

 

o  As a “model”, Parisian fashions in architecture, dress, literature and music radiated across the continent. Parisian cultural influence on Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain is unparalleled.

 

o  As a “magnet”, it attracted the world’s greatest artists and innovators –

and any success in Paris ensured not only widespread fame, but also unprecedented financial rewards.

 

As a result, nearly all of the greatest opera composers, both domestic and foreign-born (e.g. Lully, Rameau, Gluck, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Massenet, Debussy, etc.) created their greatest works for Paris.

 

And the city of Paris is the place-setting for many of the world’s most famous and most loved operas

(e.g. Manon, La Bohème, La Traviata, Andrea Chénier, etc.).

 

In this course, we will use a loose historical framework to trace the development of operas created for the city, and to illustrate operas, composed in later times, set in each period of the city’s fascinating history.

 

In so doing, we will not only learn about a great “model” and “magnet” city …

but also about the breadth of the art-form of Opera itself.


 

Monday, 23rd March, 2020         

                    "The Ancien Régime and the French Revolution" 

                    Operas will include "Andrea Chenier", "Manon" and "Adriana Lecouvreur"    

Monday, 30th March, 2020

                     no class - (Iain will be in Barcelona, on tour) 

Monday, 6th April, 2020     

                   "Bohemian Paris and the Citizen King" 

                    Operas will include "La Boheme" and "La Traviata"

Monday, 13th April, 2020       

                   "La Gloire - Paris in the Second Empire" 

                   Operas will include "Les Troyens", "Thais" and "Lakme"

Monday, 20th April, 2020       

                    "Opera and Paris in La Belle Époque" 

                    Operas will include "Samson et Dalila", "Fedora"

Monday, 27th April, 2020        

                   "Paris in the Fin de Siècle and Paris today" 

                   Operas will include "Pelleas et Melisande", "La Rondine"


 

PREVIOUS COURSES taught by IAIN at the MILES NADAL JCC ...

 

2019         MOZART at the OPERA

2019         GREAT CANADIAN OPERA SINGERS

2018         COMIC and LIGHT OPERAS

2018         EXOTIC (FOREIGN) OPERAS

2017         TEN TYPES OF TENORS

2017          MASTERS OF "BEL CANTO"

2016         "ALL IN THE FAMILY"

2015         SHAKESPEARE in OPERA

2014         FOUR "JEWISH" OPERAS

2014         THE OPERAS OF PUCCINI

2013         PREVIEW of UPCOMING COC Productions

2013         PREVIEW of UPCOMING "MET LIVE IN HD" Broadcasts

2012         PREVIEW of UPCOMING "MET LIVE IN HD" Broadcasts

2012         FAMOUS OPERATIC TENORS

(in addition, Iain has given numerous "one-off" lectures for the Miles Nadal JCC)