Become an opera expert, and learn more about the familiar Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. ICC native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, will provide an intellectually stimulating, culturally appropriate and enjoyable context. The highlight of the course will occur during week three, when Sarah Knott, a classically trained opera singer will sing, as well as share her first hand experience. Join us to discover Italian opera and learn more about Italian cultural heritage.
Mirella will be the guide as students discover Verdi, and learn the story of his famous opera, "Rigoletto". Students will follow along and listen to the opera, pausing to learn new vocabulary and memorizing the most famous arias. Although no previous knowledge of Italian, or ability to sing, is necessary for this class, part of the course is devoted to language exploration of a selection of arias, or duets, from the libretto. During the last lesson, the class will view a video of "Rigoletto", and will follow along with the music learned along the way. You will enjoy this opera as you never have before!
Class will meet, in suite 502 of the Hennepin Center for the Arts Building, for four weeks, beginning on Thursday, May 7, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. There is no musical, or singing, experience required.
Please bring your own Rigoletto libretto, or purchase a copy prior to the start of class. The suggested libretto is from the Black Dog Opera Library, and it includes an English translation, and the complete opera in 2 CDs. This is conducted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rigoletto (Black Dog Opera Library) (English and Italian Edition) by Francesco Maria Piave, Daniel S. Brink (1998) Hardcover
All course attendees must be active ICC members, and the cost is the member rate of $135. Please register here, and contact Peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Space is limited.
All events must be cancelled at least 72 hours prior to the event to receive a refund, less an administrative fee.