History and libretti of the opera

Course Information
TitleΙστορία και λιμπρέτα της όπερας / History and libretti of the opera
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600018016

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses635
Music CompositionElective Courses635

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΙΠ1002 History of music (17th-19th century)
  • ΙΠ1004 Introduction to music studies
  • ΓΝ2004 English III
  • ΓΝ2012 German IΙΙ
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course focuses on important stations in the History of Opera and emphasizes the themes and libretto of the time. It examines the relationship of each subject to literature, theatrical creation, history, local traditions, music-aesthetic trends and the drama of their time. The evolution of the libretto from the Baroque era to the early 20th century, in direct connection with the evolution of musical drama (17th century - 20th century), is a central point of the course. The course also provides basic knowledge on issues of organizing opera production and stage presentation. To this end, the lectures and works of the students will cover a historical, intercultural and theoretical part with a simultaneous listening and analytical approach to important works of the opera repertoire (17th century - 20th century). The course is evaluated in the following way: 1. exams with short questions 2. Presentation of a short essay (5 pages max.) on the musical drama of a selected work only from the proposed catalog
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Artistic Workshop
Student Assessment
The course is evaluated in the following way: 1. exams with short questions 2. Presentation of a short essay (5 pages max.) on the musical drama of a selected work only from the proposed catalog
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1.Εύη Νίκα-Σαμψών, κεφάλαιο «Όπερα» στο συλλογικό τόμο με τίτλο Μουσική, έκδ. Εκδοτική Αθηνών, Αθήνα 2007, σ. 107-153. 2.Felix Mendelssohn, Ο κόσμος της Όπερας. Εκατό Όπερες, έκδ. Στοχαστής, Αθήνα 2006.
Additional bibliography for study
1.Εύη Νίκα-Σαμψών, «Λιμπρέτο» λήμμα στην Εκπαιδευτική Ελληνική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια, τόμ. 6, Παγκόσμια Λογοτεχνία, Εκδοτική Αθηνών, Αθήνα 1997, σ. 288-290. 2.Brown, Howard Mayer, Ellen Rosand, Reinhard Strohm, Michel Noiray, Roger Parker, Arnold Whittall, Roger Savage, and Barry Millington. "Opera (i)." Grove Music Online. 2001; Accessed 21 Jan. 2020. https://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/grovemusic/view/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0 001/omo-9781561592630-e-0000040726. 3. Σειρά Cambridge Opera Handbooks. http://www.cambridge.org/mx/academic/subjects/music/opera/series/cambridge-opera-handbooks. Cambridge Opera Handbooks. This is a series of studies of individual operas, written for the serious opera-goer or record-collector as well as the student or scholar. Each volume presents a history of the work and a detailed musical analysis. Some conflict of interpretation is an inevitable part of this account, and the editors of the handbooks reflect this by citing classic statements, by commissioning new essays, and by taking up their own critical position. A final section gives a select bibliography, a discography and guides to other sources. 5.The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, επιμ. έκδ.: Stanley Sadie (4 τόμοι), Νέα Υόρκη 1992.
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