Spring 2010

Creating Musical Drama

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-18


Jenny L. Kallick (Section 01)


Students enrolled in this course will join together as the creative team for a fully staged production of George Bizet's Carmen, the quintessential music drama of love and jealousy that unfolds in the colorful Andalusian landscape of bull fights, matadors, soldiers, gypsies, and thieves. A cast of professional singers will perform for this fully staged production with members of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Lane Swanson. Professional directors, designers, and performers will be class guests on a regular basis. Each member of the class will have the opportunity to make creative decisions in a class bounded together by collaboration. Singers will become part of the collaboration later in the semester and will share their perspective with class members.

Offered only occasionally when resources are available, this course is open to students with no prerequisite. The collaborative creative experience shapes the course requirement: all class members must commit themselves to the experience, including the preparatory phase of background reading, relevant research, and guided close listening. Celebrated in the professional opera world as an ideal way for newcomers and those experienced with music and theatre, this course is a special opportunity to learn by doing.

 Admission with consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Kallick.


Artistic Practice


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010