L997 Fall 2018 Mozart and His Women, Both Off and On the Stage
Monday, 11:50–1:15, Nov. 5
Instructor: Jon Goldberg
Mozart has created some of the most vivid and enduring portraits of women in all of opera. Even while placing them squarely in the conventions and strictures of their time, they are fully realized and aware, displaying an amazing range of human emotions still very much relevant today. But, what about the women in his life? His mother was only a peripheral presence in his life; his sister was adoring, yet artistically oppressed, and, of course, there was his much maligned wife and her sisters. We will examine Mozart’s relationship with them and how they influenced his female opera characters. We will also listen to how Mozart revealed the true inner emotional life of these women through his brilliant orchestration. This discussion hopefully will leave you wanting to listen to Mozart’s great operas with new insight.
Jon Goldberg holds a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music and teaches music theory at Northern Virginia Community College. He is founder and conductor of the Endymion Ensemble, an internationally recognized chamber orchestra that has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and has several recordings.