About the Program
Each decade of the twentieth century ushered in jolting changes at an ever-increasing tempo. Through lecture and video highlights, this class explores the world of opera in a century in which composers and their librettists were determined to break the bond and boundaries of the golden nineteenth century.
The following operas will be examined: Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Sergei Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and John Adams’s Nixon in China. Although the journey may contain challenges, this class offers a new way of looking at and appreciating the evolving form of music drama.
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 UCLA.
“I loved everything. … The instructor and course deserve a 10+. … It was beyond perfect in every aspect.”—former Skirball student