What opera will reign supreme as the greatest commedia per musica ever composed? The Coda Clash presents a contest of canonical comedic operas: Rossini’s Barber of Seville v. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Based on the Figaro trilogy written by Beaumarchais, a man who made his theatrical reputation in a stage-mad France where Marie-Antoinette once played Rosine in the Barber of Seville, this Coda Clash is a spectacle of stagecraft and compositional creativity.
Join hosts Chris Stacey and Daniel Balsam for this special two-part edition of Coda Clash. We’ll start with the influence of Rossini on popular culture and watch the 1950 Looney Tunes Rabbit of Seville directed by Chuck Jones. Then we’ll move into the opera proper by exploring: a) what is opera? b) contemporary musicology on the Barber of Seville, c) the battle of the segments – a diverse selection of multiple opera companies’ staging of Rossini’s masterpiece, and d) the audience responds – your votes on a number of criteria we will compare with audience responses to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in Part II of the Coda Clash.
Themes: true love, slander, deception, overcoming obstacles, cunning, farce, the aesthetic of speed, self-questioning, the ancient regime, traditional social and gender roles, revolution, sexual gratification, victimization, concepts of freedom, and satire.
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Time: 6:30PM Central, 7:30PM Eastern, 4:30PM Pacific
Location: Zoom Video Conference