Goldoni & Haydn, Da Ponte & Mozart

Beethoven's Symphonies class taught by Michael Ruhling at New Sibley Library, Miller Center. //  Summer classes at University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music  July 13, 2016.  // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

MHS 590
Goldoni & Haydn, Da Ponte & Mozart

NOTE: As of March 3, 2017, this class is FULL. Please email the Summer@Eastman Office at if you would like to be placed on the wait list. Students needing a 590 course this summer should register for American Art Music and National Identities.

June 27–August 3, 2017 / Tuesday, Thursday, 9–11:30 a.m.
Room: NSL 404

Michael Ruhling

Opera buffa became an effective lens through which time-honored social mores were laid bare at the close of the Enlightenment. The comic structural framework developed by Carlo Goldoni and given dramatic depth by Lorenzo Da Ponte clothed poignant political commentary in entertaining and moving trappings. These trappings were intensified by the skills of the great composers of the time, notably Haydn and Mozart. Careful study of the musical-dramatic conventions of the 1760s through the 1780s, as exemplified in select operas written by these four masters of opera buffa, will give historical and practical context to such works, offering students a foundation for understanding the operas and making effective and appropriate performance decisions.

$4,650 / 3 credits     CRN 18687

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Class starts Tuesday, June 27 at 9:00 a.m.
Last scheduled activity: Class ends Thursday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m.

“Extremely informative. I would like to have more classes taught by Dr. Ruhling!” – 2016 student

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