Verismo, Puccini, and Tosca, I
Lecture no. 31 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
The final lectures examine opera verismo: its origins, character, and greatest exponent—Giacomo Puccini. Puccini's virtues and faults are discussed—especially his marvelous power of lyricism, sometimes pursued at the expense of dramatic reality. The second act of Tosca is analyzed as an example of his style and as one of the most powerful acts in all opera. The study concludes with a musical illustration of the nature of opera, scene 9 from Richard Strauss's Capriccio.