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Music @ NCL: Gil Harel presents A Brief History of Opera

April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Italy in the Ottocento: Bel Canto to Verdi

Part two in the series

The 19th century (Italian: Ottocento) is often thought of as a “golden age” in the realm of opera. Here the canon seems to be saturated with names including Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, and standing tallest among this distinguished crowd: Giuseppe Verdi.

Here we will look at what made Italian opera in this period so special, why the plots seem to resonate in a way that did not occur in previous centuries, and why this style of opera continues to enchant audiences today.


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. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”, as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.


April 25, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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