Whose Opera? (MCO4361.01)

Kitty Brazelton

Looking for six able composers, six able writers and six able singer/actors. Or those who combine these abilities. Example of bi-weekly assignment: short operatic sketch by six teams of writer-composers for singer-actors. Writer starts – delivering libretto to composer who sets words to music, and team delivers sketch to class one week later. After sketch is critiqued in class, singer-actor(s) prepare sketch for following week with composers musical assistance. Writers must contribute to performance in some way as well. Finished sketches presented at Music Workshop during term. Course will culminate in evening-length public showing of successful sketches. No musical style requirements. For writers: a clear understanding of spoken word and the sonic effects of language. For actor/singers: self-directed quick-study acting ability. For everyone: enough music literacy to speed communication but sight-reading not required – willingness to learn, imagination, memory, acting ability, and good intonation crucial.

Corequisites: Must participate in Music Workshop

Prerequisites: Writers must submit a sample to kbrazelton@bennington.edu one week prior to registration. Composer/singers/actors must submit references from Music Composition/Voice/Drama faculty one week prior to registration.
Credits: 4
Th 8:00am - 11:40am
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency:
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