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

April 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Baroque through Mozart

Part one in the series

The genesis of opera is often traced to late 16th-century Florence, where a group of thinkers collectively known as the Florentine Cammerata spearheaded changes which would eventually lead to the birth of a genre. Though Claudio Monteverdi did not write the first opera, his “L’Orfeo” of 1607 is regarded as one of the first great examples of this new style. Later in the century, Henry Purcell would emphatically add to the repertoire with an opera on the story of Dido and Aeneas.

But perhaps no baroque composer reached the heights gained by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose operatic achievements dramatically eclipse even those of fellow classical icons Haydn and Beethoven.


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 18, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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