Western Continuing Studies is pleased to partner with the Don Wright Faculty of Music to offer this course!
Giacomo Puccini’s La bohéme (1895) is one of the most popular operas performed today. This prototypical romance story—boy meets girl, set against a backdrop of poverty—still resonates with contemporary audiences. During this course you will gain a deeper appreciation for the opera through a study of its musical parameters, performance issues, and historical context. Following the course, you will be treated to a performance of La bohéme by Western Opera.
Presenter: Peter Lea
Peter Lea is an assistant professor in the Department of Music Research and Composition in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University. Prior to completing his PhD in Music Theory at Western, Lea received a MMus in Piano Performance and Literature and a BMus in Applied Piano from Brandon University. As a pianist, he has collaborated with numerous instrumentalists and singers and served as a répétiteur for Opera NUOVA (Edmonton, Alberta). His research interests include the music of George Crumb, transformational theory, animation of music-theoretic processes, music theory pedagogy, and ecomusicology.
What You Will Learn
On completion of this course, you will:
- be able to recognize the general components of opera and have a detailed understanding of the specific storyline and scenes in La bohéme
- appreciate performance issues that arise from the union of words, music, and movement through in-class performances by, and discussions with, singers from Western Opera
- be able to contextualize La bohéme through a study of its reception, influence, and exoticist and realist elements
What to Expect
This is an interactive course, which will include listening to music, discussions, and lectures.
There are no prerequisites. Please come prepared to share your experiences, opinions, and perspectives with the class.
Giacomo Puccini’s La bohéme (1895) is one of the most popular operas performed today.