Georges Bizet's Carmen: Musical, Theatrical, and Social Perspectives with Brian Oberlander, PhD


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July 11, 2023 - July 25, 2023 (3 sessions)

Tuesdays, 6:30PM ET

Virtual via Zoom


Course Description:

Peer through the smoky veil of Seville's fabled cigarillo factory to explore Georges Bizet’s Carmen (1875) from musical, theatrical, and social perspectives. We start by contextualizing the opera alongside Bizet's other stage works, the coventions of the opera-comique genre, and the repertoire of the Opera-Comique theater where Carmen premiered. We then explore social themes in nineteenth-century Paris, analyzing the exotic images of Spanish and Gypsy women that shaped Bizet’s infamous femme fatale. We conclude with in-depth discussion of music, libretto, and staging in several iconic productions of this enduringly popular opera.

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ABOUT Brian Oberlander

Brian Oberlander holds a PhD in Musicology with specialties in the French Renaissance and contemporary Mediterranean music. He has conducted grant-funded research in France, Spain, and Morocco and presented his findings at conferences across the United States. He is co-editor of the book Music and Encounter at the Mediterranean Crossroads (Routledge, 2022) and has offered courses in music history at Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Newberry Library.

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 Event Date
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
6:30pm EDT

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
8:00pm EDT

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

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