The Great Puccini
1 day, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Tosca - Puccini’s operas are performed more often than any other composer’s, and loved by millions of listeners worldwide. As well as opera, Puccini loved women, shooting, fishing, and sports cars, and lived a life that occasionally matched the drama and scandal of his opera plots. This music appreciation course examines the life and music of Puccini, with lots of musical examples from some of the greatest operas of all time. We will discover how Puccini moves us so deeply, and the musical techniques he employed. No musical knowledge is necessary.
- What do we think of when we think of Puccini?
- Puccini's Place in History
- Puccini's Musical Style
- Historical and Social Background
- “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca
- The Early Years
- Study in Milan
- Messa di Gloria
- Elvira Gemignani
- Le Villi, Edgar, Manon Lescaut
- La Boheme
- Madama Butterfly
- The Doria Manfredi scandal
- La Fanciulla del West, La Rondine, Il trittico
- Puccini's final years
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About Susan Deas
Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching music appreciation courses for more than twenty years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan teaches piano and music theory to adults and children, and plays piano and organ at various venues around Sydney. Susan is an accredited piano teacher and musicianship teacher, and is on the Council of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.