C18. Czech Nationalism in the Operas of Bedrich Smetana (Ledbetter)

  • 02/08/2019
  • 03/08/2019
  • 5 sessions
  • 02/08/2019, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 02/15/2019, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 02/22/2019, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 03/01/2019, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 03/08/2019, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • AC - Kennedy Building Rm. 119
  • 41


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Most music lovers know one Smetana opera; Czechs know them all as the foundation of Czech nationalistic musical culture, encompassing comedy, tragedy, history, and legend.  The course will begin with his two early successes: comic (The Bartered Bride) and tragic (Dalibor).  Then a serious opera based on Czech history and legend (Libusse).  The last two weeks will briefly survey three late operas composed after he went suddenly deaf -- a folksy comedy (The Kiss) and two romantic operas (The Secret and The Devil's Wall.)  

GROUP LEADER:  Steven Ledbetter has a PhD in musicology from New York University.  He taught there and at Dartmouth College for a decade, then spent 19 years as program annotator and lecturer at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  In 1976, on a visit to Prague, he saw two of Smetana‚Äôs operas in their native culture and was hooked!


Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609

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