What kinds of characters appear in baroque operas? And what do these characters tell us about gender roles and relations in early modern Europe?
We’ll learn about three main archetypes in early opera: the passionate lover, the virtuous lady and the evil sorceress. Focusing on the recurrent themes of female constancy, chastity, jealousy and ambition, we’ll explore select works produced throughout Europe during the 17th and early 18th centuries. While examining representations of amorous suffering in these operas, we will look at the ways in which female characters are rewarded—or punished—at the end of each work, and the ways in which these staged dramas reflect early modern discourses of love, power and gender.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.