Success at Last: Mozart at the Opera

07 Feb 2018

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, we were joined by Gil Harel, PhD for the third lecture in his Mozart series.

Freeing himself from dead-end employment in Salzburg, Mozart’s arrival in Vienna was marked by many consecutive successes. Perhaps most cherished among these are the operatic masterpieces of the late 1780s, including Don Giovanni, Die Zauberfloete, and others. During this program we will consider why Mozart succeeded so stupendously in an idiom where others (including Beethoven and Haydn) fell short of the mark.

About the Presenter Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. He has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he conducts the college chorale and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.

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