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F16A6 Five Operas and the Times that Made Them

This class will focus on five operas that influenced historical and social developments in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I will use audio-visual opera material as well as powerpoint presentations related to historical, artistic, literary, and social movements. Among the operas discussed will be The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata and possibly La Boheme.

Instructor: Don Rierson received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, followed by an MM in Opera Production and the PhD from Florida State University. He currently serves as Director of Opera in the JMU School of Music. As Director of Opera and Music Theater at The University of Northern Iowa, he received state recognition for his 1997 production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro as well as acclaim for the 2001 production of The Magic Flute.

Suggested Reading: Hand-out to be provided.

Additional Fees: Optional tickets to the opera scheduled at the Forbes Center in November.

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Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.

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