Program Details

A Bel Canto Quartet: Four Unusual Operatic Topics

Giuseppe Albanese
Music / Drama
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This series is a somewhat playful look at various familiar operatic storylines and scenes that receive little attention from the opera-going public. With all of the emphasis placed on the superstar tenors and sopranos, this program will feature the important contributions of the less dominant, but important contributions of the mezzo soprano and basso vocal divisions. In addition, the unique and oft occurring phenomenon of the highly emotive scenes involving "madness" and"death" will be examined.


  1. Mad About Opera: The Role of Mad Scenes in Opera
  2. Always a Bridesmaid: The Role of the Mezzo-Soprano in Famous Operas
  3. Opera to Die for: Famous and Memorable Death Scenes in Opera
  4. No Sex, Please, We're Bassos: The Use of the Basso Voice and Character in Opera

About the Instructor

  • Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history in 1966. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled The Joy of Opera. For the past 30 years, he has lectured extensively on numerous operatic subjects and has produced several video documentaries. Maestro Albanese will be celebrating 25 years with Lifelong Learning at FAU in 2020.

    Recipient of the 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award

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