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Introduction to Contemporary Opera course. C’EST N’EST PAS UNE OPERA.


Introduction to Contemporary Opera course. C’EST N’EST PAS UNE OPERA.

Time: 18:30 to 20:30 h

The term ‘opera’ can evoke an art intended for the bourgeoisie or at the very least, detached from the concerns of the twenty-first century, with its controversial and multi-faceted views of art and the human being.

However, few arts have reflected upon who we are and how we act with as much impact as contemporary opera, which includes a wide variety of new, ground-breaking languages, radical stage designs and dramatic arts that form part of the new aesthetic model.

Operatic innovation and creativity have reached greater heights than ever thanks to its captivation by renowned directors (such as Patrice Chéreau, Peter Brook, Peter Sellars, Frank Castorf etc.), scenographers (Marina Abramovic, Calixto Bieito, Bob Wilson etc.) or video artists and visual artists (such as Bill Viola or Jaume Plensa). As well as revolutionising the world of opera, they also contributed with technologies for visual drama and the combination of innovative and traditional sounds, both in terms of orchestral sounds and especially in relation to the wide range of possibilities for voice and singing in the digital era.

This course aims to introduce contemporary opera to those with no knowledge, who wish to learn about its basic musical concepts, why and how they have arisen and immerse themselves in its different types: expressionist, dodecaphonic, serial, opera-installation, Literaturoper, etc., with special emphasis on the most emblematic productions.

During the four sessions, we will discuss the most important operas of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which have been instrumental to the evolution of the genre into its current form. We will study them in relation to their social and artistic context, considering their most significant musical elements, carrying out an aesthetic-hermeneutic study that relates the production of their composers to the aesthetic trends that each opera represents best, using a transversal method spanning anthropology, music psychology and musicology.

The sessions will last approximately 2 hours during which we will cover the aesthetic movement surrounding the work, the biographical and stylistic profile of the composer and the most notable aspects of their method of composing, the opera in question and finally, the most striking aspects of the work both in terms of listening and writing.

ROSA MARÍA FERNÁNDEZ (Ponferrada, León, 1970) graduated in Geography and History (specialising in Musicology) from the University of Oviedo and was awarded a doctorate cum laude in Contemporary Music from the University of Barcelona. She is Santiago de Compostela’s corresponding associate at the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi (Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts). She is a contemporary music researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Musicologie at Sorbonne University. She has written several books on Galician music and composers of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as several articles for academic magazines and international seminars.


The course is designed for people without any specific musical knowledge who are interested in learning about contemporary opera.


The registration period is open from XXX until 11 April 2020. If you are interested, please email Please include your full name, national ID card number, studies, area of work or interest, an email address and a contact telephone number. Once your request has been accepted, registered applicants will be sent payment details.


PRICE: € 30

CERTIFICATE: CGAC will award a certificate to all those who attend at least 75 % of the sessions.

DIRECTOR: Rosa María Fernández


Rúa Valle Inclán, 2
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Ph.: (+34) 981 546 619