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Opera on Film: Romeo and Juliet

Dr. Christopher Purdy concludes our summer Opera on Film program with Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. Based on William Shakespeare’s ultimate story of passion, love, politics, rivalries and revenge, this five act was composed in 1867 to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre. Its series of four duets for the main characters and the waltz song”Je veux vivre” for the soprano are notable attributes of this opera by Gounod.

Related title: Faust

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Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

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Opera on Film: Fidelio

Join Dr. Purdy as he presents Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s sole operatic work. Fidelio is an opera with spoken dialogue in two acts, featuring a highly dramatic score to accompany this simple but powerful drama. This story of the triumph of love over oppression and tyranny is based on the French opera Léonore, ou L’amour conjugal, and the German libretto was written by Joseph Sonnleithner. Beethoven composed Fidelio in 1805 which features a moving “prisoner’s Chorus”.

Related title: L’Orfeo favola in musica

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

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