Italian Opera: From Monteverdi to Puccini

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Mondays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 6-week course begins 11/9

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in Italian opera. In six sessions we will explore over three centuries of this extraordinary and often extravagant art form from its rather modest beginnings in the early 17th century up through the mature works of the early 20th century. Biographical material of the important masters of Italian opera will be included, as well as some historical background of their continued masterpieces that will be presented utilizing scenes of recent and past productions. After earning a B.M. degree from Peabody Conservatory and a M.M. degree from Eastman School of Music, Ross Crolius spent thirty years as a professional singer in New York City, including singing full time as a chorister and a “small part” soloist with The Metropolitan Opera. His instructional experience includes teaching voice at Ithaca College and Westfield State University, as well as presenting opera appreciation classes for adult education programs.