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

June 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

German Opera: the “Problem” with Wagner

Though W.A. Mozart made significant contributions to the repertoire of German-language operas (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte), it was not until the 19th century that German opera became a fully-embraced national style.

Nowhere is the phenomenon more visible than in the works of Richard Wagner. And yet, Wagner has been a controversial figure in music history, shunned by some and considered a “guilty pleasure” by others. During this program we will discuss “the problem” with Wagner – both with his music, as well as with Wagner, the man. Does enjoying this music necessitate “separating the man from the art”? Join us to find out.


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.


June 27, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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