Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Several opera composers saved their best or near best for last. It is certainly true for Mozart( “Die Zauberflote”), Rossini( “Guillaume Tell”) Verdi( “Falstaff”) and Wagner(“Parsifal”). The same can be said for Puccini’s “Turandot.”
Many critics consider it his greatest work. It is marked by pageantry, adventurous harmonies, rich orchestral sound, one of the most demanding roles for dramatic soprano and a beloved aria that has been sung by every tenor( and at least once by a group of three) from Pavarotti to Bocelli. Set in ancient China, it is a director’s dream for an opportunity to run riot in the costume and sets department.
Jeffrey Engel will relate the creative process behind “Turandot” and play excerpts from its’ score. In Paris for 14 years, Mr. Engel studied cello, art history and earned diplomas in French. As a cellist he played with orchestras in France, including the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. A graduate of Ithaca College, & a teacher at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Mr. Engel brings a rich knowledge of music history to each lecture, with musical excerpts.
Registration is appreciated.