This course will introduce, contextualize, and explore the three operas presented in the summer season of the San Francisco Opera: Mozart's Don Giovanni and its lovable philanderer, Verdi's tragic Rigoletto, and Puccini's tale of love and death, La bohème. For each opera we will talk about the musical and dramatic features, as well as the themes and issues that they explore.
Alexandra Amati-Camperi is an Italian musicologist who received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. She teaches at the University of San Francisco, where she created the music program in 2000. Her research focuses on the Italian Renaissance and on a feminist critique of opera. She lectures for San Francisco’s opera, symphony, Bach choir, and others.