Realism in Opera

La Bohème (1965), directed by Wilhelm Semmelroth, © Warner Bros. Pictures, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest


Realism in Opera—Verismo!

Online Class

Wednesdays, February 3–March 3, 1:00–3:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

At the end of the nineteenth century, Italian opera appeared to be on the wane. “Where is the next Verdi?” opera lovers asked. Then, suddenly, with the 1890 premiere of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and the emergence of composers led by the superstar Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera entered into a period of enormous artistic creativity, expressing an unparalleled intensity of passion, sentimentality, and turbulence. This remarkable revival integrated the themes of the past into a new operatic tradition—Verismo!

Instructor: Earl J. Schub is Dean Emeritus of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He served as Director of Marketing and Executive Producer for Television at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Manager of Western Opera Theater in San Francisco. He holds an MBA in arts management from the University of California, Los Angeles.