Barber of Seville - In-Person performance & virtual lectures

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January 27, 2022 - February 17, 2022 (4 Virtual Sessions)
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET

Sunday, February 20, 2022 (In-Person Performance)

Performance Tickets Included.

Don't live in Baltimore? Click HERE for registration for the virtual lectures only.

Figaro, Figaro, Fi-ga-ro! Join Baltimore Concert Opera’s (BCO) Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Aaron Ziegel in a series of lectures designed to prepare and heighten your theatrical experience before attending BCO’s fully staged production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The lectures will encompass an in-depth examination of the composer’s biography and operatic output in the context of his times and contemporaries. We will explore the history of comic opera and Rossini’s contributions to that legacy. We will uncover analytical insights into the work’s construction, performance practice, and reception history, in addition to hearing from some of the artists involved in BCO’s production. Whether you know Rossini’s music from Bugs Bunny or are new to the opera, you are sure to come away humming Rossini’s classic tunes! Odyssey members will receive class access and one ticket to the in-person performance of The Barber of Seville on February 20th at 3 PM ET.

Beginning with an overview of Rossini's output during his prolific yet relatively brief career as an opera writer, we will focus especially on the emergence of the precocious composer's personal style in his early works written while he was just a teenager. Another essential aspect of the composer's musical makeup is the legacy of comic opera inherited from earlier composers including Mozart, Cimarosa, and Paisiello. These ingredients together lay the groundwork for The Barber of Seville, which premiered a week before Rossini's 24th birthday.

Turning to the work itself, the course will examine Rossini's compositional methods, his distinctive musical style idiom as exemplified in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the performance-practice traditions required in singing Rossini's music, the business of opera production in early 19th-century Italy, and the challenges of producing and interpreting this staple of the operatic repertory for today's audiences.

Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission Policies

Current and retired full-time Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, are eligible for tuition remission. Eligibility details can be found here.

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates. All other participants should review the JHAA Event Cancellation and Refund Policy

A portion of this registration fee will support future programming and events.  If you wish to not have a portion of your registration support such initiatives, you may contact the Office of Annual Giving: 

Session 1Virtual January 27, 2022 - January 27, 2022   07:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Session 2Virtual February 3, 2022 - February 3, 2022   07:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Session 3Virtual February 10, 2022 - February 10, 2022   07:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

Session 4Virtual February 17, 2022 - February 17, 2022   07:00:00 PM - 08:00:00 PM

In-Person Performanceat The Baltimore City Opera February 20, 2022   03:00:00 PM

In-Person Performance at Towson University

ABOUT Aaron Ziegel
Associate Professor and Division Leader of Music History and Culture, Towson University

Dr. Aaron Ziegel is an Associate Professor and Division Leader of Music History and Culture. He teaches courses on music in the United States of America, the full chronological span of Western art music, opera studies, symphonic literature, and writing about music. His teaching and advising engages with music majors, non-majors, and graduate students. His research publications range widely across the broad spectrum of American musics, encompassing such diverse outlets as American opera, film music, American popular song, and the army training camp music of World War I.

Dr. Ziegel’s central research focus examines American operas of the early 20th century. Articles in Music and Politics (2019) and the Opera Journal (2009) and a book chapter in the collection In Search of the “Great American Opera” (Waxmann Verlag, 2016) trace the emergence of a nationalist style of opera writing during the early years of the twentieth century. In collaboration with Towson University student singers, he presented a program of long-forgotten scenes and arias from Romantic-era American operas. An article in the journal American Music (2016) explores the career of Arthur Nevin during World War I, a period in which he both premiered a new opera in Chicago and served in the Army as a teacher of mass singing for the nearly 10,000 soldiers of Camp Grant in north central Illinois.

Dr. Ziegel has also written about the music of Vernon Duke, a composer equally adept with both Broadway popular songs and classical concert music, in an article for the journal American Music (2010) that challenges the traditional understanding of Duke’s compositional style and career. An article in Music Research Forum (2011) compares the alternate film scores for Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête composed by Georges Auric and Philip Glass. Additional articles on the pedagogy of music history appear in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy (2014) and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy (2018). His research has been presented at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the College Music Society, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the National Opera Association. He is also a frequent pre-concert lecturer for Baltimore-based ensembles including the Handel Choir of Baltimore and Pro Musica Rara.

Professor Ziegel received a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance, summa cum laude, and a Master’s in Music History at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied piano with Elizabeth Pridonoff, Richard Fields, and Michael Chertock, and harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto and Charlotte Mattax. His principal teachers of musicology include Gayle Sherwood Magee, bruce d. mcclung, Jeffrey Magee, Katherine Syer, and William Kinderman.

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 Event Date
Thursday, January 27, 2022
7:00pm EDT

Thursday, February 17, 2022
8:00pm EDT

Lectures via Zoom with Performance In Person
Towson University Stephens Hall

7900 Stephens Ave
Towson, MD 21252

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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