This course explores the rich interrelations between film and opera: how opera contributes to the shape, plots, and visual luxury of film, the ambiguous status of both as high and low culture, the competition between image and voice in both media, the relations of time and space in both. In addition to watching videos of operas directed for the camera as well as films based on opera, we will attend two live performances at the Seattle Opera, one Metropolitan live broadcast in HD, and backstage tours at Seattle Opera. We will also reflect on the historical relations of opera, film, and cartoon animation.
Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.