Lectures: 'Four winds of opera'

2010-02-11 00:00

DURBAN musicologist Dr David Smith will give a series of four Monday evening lectures titled The Four Winds of Opera from February 15 to March 8 between 6 pm and 8 pm in Room 167 of the Memorial Tower Block on the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Presented through the Life-Long Learning initiative, the ­lectures focus on exploring the music of opera, its productions and history.

The first lecture, on February 15, is themed The South Wind that blows from Italy, birthplace of opera and source of so many famous works and singers.

The North Wind, the second lecture on February 22, traces the reception of opera north of the Alps, and The East Wind, on March 1, will scrutinise how the East has been portrayed in opera, with reference to the Ottoman Empire, Persia, India and China.

Concluding the series on March 8 with The West Wind, Smith, who is a retired professor of ­opera and choral studies at UKZN, follows opera along colonial routes to the New World.

Admission is free to registered students. Public admission is R240 for the course. Inquiries: www.kzn.net or phone 082 873 2702.

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