The Growth of Opera, the Development of Italian Opera Seria, and Mozart's Idomeneo, I
Lecture no. 9 from the course: How to Listen to and Understand Opera
Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 45 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
Lectures 9 through 12 review the main features of early opera and trace its growth from the early 17th century up to Mozart's Idomeneo of 1781. As opera became a public entertainment, its literary and dramatic substance deteriorated. We learn how the formulaic rigidity of opera seria led to vocal abuses, and how Gluck represented a new wave of reform, creating the model for the next generation of opera composers. Finally, we look at Mozart's Idomeneo, the transcendent opera seria.