Italian Opera: From Monteverdi to Puccini

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12:30-2:30 p.m. 6-week course begins 3/12                           

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 considered masterpieces that will be presented utilizing scenes of recent and past productions in DVD format.

After earning a B.M. degree from Peabody Conservatory and a M.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music, Ross Crolius spent 30 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 teaching experience includes teaching voice at Ithaca College and Westfield State University, as well as presenting opera appreciation classes for adult education programs. MSC.