The Operas of Mozart : The Great Courses: Fine Arts & Music

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg
  • Series: The Great Courses: Fine Arts & Music
  • 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791 at the age of just 35, he nonetheless left behind the defining composition in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and above all - opera. Opera was the prestige genre of the era, and the thought of it, Mozart wrote, made him "beside myself at once." It was a form he loved dearly, depending on it heavily for personal, professional, artistic, and financial reasons of the greatest weight.
Artistically, the world of the operatic stage spoke deeply to his primal instinct for play, his taste for fantasy, and his restless creative imagination. And in this rich series of eight entertaining lectures, you'll learn how his operas vied with one another for the acclaim reserved for the greatest achievements of human artistic striving: Idomeneo, The Abduction from the Harem, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute, which premiered only ten weeks before his untimely death.
In addition to summarizing Mozart's life and artistic development, the lectures focus on two of his greatest masterpieces, Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute, to help you understand more fully the height of Mozart's operatic achievement.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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Not a great course at all!

What disappointed you about The Operas of Mozart?

Aside from about half an hour of the first lecture, which is biographical, this 'course' is actually just a massive plot summary of the mentioned operas. He literally just translates a scene, plays it, translates a scene, plays it, ad nauseum. There is no analysis or insight here. Just save yourself time and get a translation of the libretto and a CD of the opera!

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- Mr. Andrew M. Otty


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I found Professer Greenberg's enthusiastic and jokey presentation quite engaging although it might not appeal to He concentrates heavily on Cosi fan Tutte and The Magic Flute possibly overmuch and maybe more insight into the background to the operas and more music rather than a recitation of the plot lines would have been preferable. However overall very enjoyable.

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- Patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses