The Musical-Theatrical Show

Objectives

a) To provide advanced training in theory and history of the musical-theatrical performance, investigating the typologies of its communication systems (in terms of production, mediation, reception), their constitution and their dynamics, in interaction with changing sociocultural, economic and political environments.
b) To provide instruments of music-dramaturgical analysis, emphasizing the pivotal role of music: notably in the construction of the characters and the characterization of situations, including its role as a comment, counterpoint or an element of critical distance (Verfremdung) and also the possibilities offered by new technologies.
c) To offer a theoretical and practical knowledge of management, production and promotion of music-theatre, paying special attention to the sustainability of local artistic employement and captation of new audiences.
d) To develop the teamwork skills.

General characterization

Code

722011130

Credits

10.0

Responsible teacher

João Pedro de Bastos Gonçalves Cachopo

Hours

Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language

Portuguese

Prerequisites

None

Bibliography

Abate, Carolyn (2001), In Search of Opera, Princeton, Princeton University Press.
Agid, Phillipe / Tarondeau, Jean-Claude (2010), The Management of Opera: An International Comparative Study, London, etc., Palgrave Macmillan.
Adorno, Theodor W. (2006), Towards a Theory of Musical Reproduction, Cambridge, Polity Press.
Kaye, Deena / LeBrecht, James (2009), Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art & Technique of Design, 3d Ed., Amsterdam, etc., Elsevier / Focal Press.
Kenrick, John (2008), Musical Theatre: a History, New York, etc., Continuum.
Levin, D. J. (2010), Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky, Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Miller, Jonathan (1986), Subsequent Performances, Londres, Faber and Faber.
Parker, Roger (2006), Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Re-Visions from Handel to Berio, Berkeley: University of California Press.
Pasta, José António (2010), Trabalho de Brecht, São Paulo, Editora 34

Teaching method

In the spirit of Bologna, teaching will be based on the active learning of the students. Depending on the profile of each one and their expectations of specialization, different tasks will be distributed to them and they will be also assessed according to their respective specificity.
On the basis of theoretical lectures and the literature indicated by the teachers, research papers and critical thinking will be developed and presented by students as a contribution to a collective discussion on the various topics covered in the syllabus.
The connection between theory and practice will be ensured within the framework of the discipline, preferably through workshops directed by invited experts (including stage directors). But also in the final work of the course, we will seek to ensure complementarity and cooperation of the various components (management, programming, drama, acting, music composition and dramatic writing, etc.).

Evaluation method

In the spirit of Bologna, teaching will be based on the active learning of the students. Depending on the profile of each one and their expectations of specialization, different tasks will be distributed to them and they will be also assessed according to their respective specificity.(100%)

Subject matter

Musical-theatrical genres in the history and present days. Particular focus on opera and related genres (including \"Singspiel,\" operetta, comic opera, and, more recently, the \"Musical\").
Theatrical space and sound space. From the idea of “Gesamtkunstwerk” to the processes of fragmentation and montage (calling into question the relationship between \"seeing\" and \"listening\").
Theory and praxis of interpretation or performance of music-theatre. Distinction between \"work\" and \"score\".
Comparative study of different trends in music-theatre practice.
The production of the show: from the project to the première. Socio-cultural context and target audiences, programming strategy.
The staging : from the dramaturgical research work and conceptual development to the final product.
Music-theatre communication in the language of the public. Music-theatre and the scenic word sung in Portuguese language. Problems of prosody and phonetics.
Openness to the community and work with the media.

Programs

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