|I Hear America Singing - Adventures in American Opera
This course will explore the question “Has The Golden Age American Opera Arrived?” Opera composers followed European models at first, but soon began striking out in distinctly new directions, giving home-grown opera a special character. The growing canon of distinguished American opera has now earned the loyal appreciation of devoted audiences.
Using audio and video examples, San Francisco Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will take us on a journey through the multifarious world of American opera, exploring a wide variety of ground-breaking masterworks from the early 20th century through our own time.
Week by Week Outline
Week 1: American Originals: John Philip Sousa, Victor Herbert, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin
Week 2: Mid-Century Milestones: Virgil Thomson, Marc Blitzstein, Gian Carlo Menotti, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber
Week 3: Opera Landmarks of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s: Douglas Moore, Carlisle Floyd, Robert Ward; Dominick Argento, Jack Beeson, Thomas Pasatieri
Week 4: Modern Masters: Philip Glass, John Adams, André Previn
Week 5: A Bay Area Great: Jake Heggie
Week 6: The Lively 21st Century: Stewart Wallace, Mark Adamo, Kevin Puts, Laura Kaminsky, Ricky Ian Gordon, Terence Blanchard, Jennifer Higdon, Bright Sheng, Missie Mazzoli, Mason Bates