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MU1005 Reading Opera

Semester 1

This module examines operas based on literary works from a variety of difference nations (France, Britain, Russia, Germany, USA, Ancient Rome) that are significant in their own right. Our work will focus on the transformations of meaning and structure that take place as text is turned into libretto, and as libretto is set to music. The module will shed light on the relationship between music and text, and on the function that music plays in drama. Composers to be examined may include some or all of the following: Purcell, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Berg and Stravinsky.

No prior knowledge of musical notation is necessary to take this module. It is intended to be of particular interest to those studying English literature and European modern languages, but is open to all with an interest in the relationship between music and drama.

The MU1005 Resource Pack can be purchased from the Online Shop and collected from the Music Centre Office in the Younger Hall.

The University of St Andrews now subscribes to Opera in Video from Alexander Street Press. This resource contains five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

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St Andrews Opera Promo Shot (220 pixels wide)
Onegin, 2012


MU1005 Booklet (PDF, 261 KB)‌ 

Music Modules Handbook (PDF, 551 KB)