Italian Opera in Milan: An Essential History For Your Visit

Uncover the stories behind the Italy's beloved musical tradition
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60 minutes
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La Scala Theater
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Lecture Description
The Italian Opera has been one of the most popular musical genres in the history of western music, and to this day remains very much staged and beloved. It is a vast world made not only of the most lavishly melodic music, but also of comedy and tragedy, and architectural beauty. Many Italian cities have contributed to the rise of the opera tradition, but Milan stands out as a leading city for Italian Opera. This is thanks to Italy's greatest composer, Giuseppe Verdi, as this is where he staged his greatest works, and the famed Teatro alla Scala. Many would say there is no better place in Italy to experience an evening at the opera, where the highest peaks of Italian culture go hand-in-hand with the modern elegance and fashion that make Milan shine.
Meet Your Expert

Giacomo Mura is an Italian Classical Music Appreciation teacher. After graduating from Conservatory in Como, he studied under one of Italy's most important music historians, Alberto Batisti. He has been teaching classical music history and theory for over five years, teaching students to listen with greater awareness and enjoyment. For the past few years, Giacomo has held events with the Italian Embassy in Vienna, the Italian Culture Institute, and the Società Dante Alighieri. He also lectures in partnership with "International Study Programs," "The Austral Group," "The Global Exec," the University of Colorado, and "54Traveler."

In this lecture, Maestro Giacomo Mura will guide you through the styles of the greatest composers of Italian opera, while showcasing the exciting history of this genre: tales not only of artistic excellence, but also of cultural dominance and aggressive business. His accessible and passionate delivery will give you the tools to understand and enjoy at best the Italian opera, while also helping you discover the beauty of the Italian opera house, where the marriage between culture and elegance reaches the highest degree.
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