The Operas of Verdi - Humanities Seminars Program

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 6:00am to Monday, November 4, 2013 - 9:00am
All Humanities Seminars take place in the Humanities Seminars room in the Helen S. Schaefer Building at 1508 E. Helen Street (one block north of Speedway and one block west of Cherry Avenue).

The Operas of Verdi

Mondays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

October 14 until November 4, 2013

The year 2013 will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901), and over four sessions we will survey his vast output of operas. The first lecture will provide an overview of Verdi’s life and career. We will also consider his most important predecessors (Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti) and the relationship of their music to his as seen in his earliest operas. Subsequent classes will continue the chronological survey, with in-depth examination of selected scenes using video clips and recordings. Finally, we will focus on Verdi’s last operas, Otello and Falstaff, delving deeply into the music as well as the intimate relationship these works have with their Shakespearean sources.


Budden, Julian. Verdi. 3rd ed. Oxford UP, 2008. ISBN: 0195323424.

Dr. Jay Rosenblatt is currently Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Arizona, where he has taught since 1995. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in Musicology. He has offered classes on the history of opera and seminars on the music of Liszt, Mozart, and Verdi. His scholarly research focuses on music of the nineteenth century, in particular, the life and works of Franz Liszt.


Cost $120.00

If you wish to register immediately by mail, please download the form below.

Click here to download the Registration Form for Fall 2013
Portable Document Format (PDF) (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Please mail the Registration Form to:

Humanities Seminars Program
Attention: Kerstin Miller
P.O. Box 210150
1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150

For any other registration questions, please call Kerstin Miller at (520) 626-7845 or contact our program by e-mail at


HSP will charge an administrative fee of $25.00 for early drop-outs before the second class meeting with refunds of the balance of the original tuition.