Musical dramaturgy

Academic Year 2022/2023 - Teacher: GRAZIELLA SEMINARA

Expected Learning Outcomes

According to the Dublin descriptors, students, at the end of the course, will demonstrate:

1) Knowledge of the most relevant contents and methodologies of Musical Dramaturgy

2) Knowledge and comprehension of dramaturgical structure of the works studied, of their connection to historical evolution of musical theatre and of their place in the context of European history of Art and Culture

3) Ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgements on the works of musical theatre

4) Ability to communicate their conclusions, and knowledge and rationale under pinning these, to specialist and non specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously

5) Development of learning skills that are necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy

(Dublin Descriptors 2nd cycle qualification)

Course Structure

Frontal teaching with guided listening

Required Prerequisites

Knowledge of the general features of the history of music

Detailed Course Content

The first part of the course will be devoted to the historical and methodological principles of the discipline and to the 19th Century Musical Dramaturgy. The second part will be dedicated to analysis of some important works of the 19th Century Musical Theatre. Finally the theme of the Regietheater will be addressed by the analysis of the Robert Carsen’s production of Don Giovanni (Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 2011) and the Federico Tiezzi’s production of Norma (Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 2013)

Textbook Information

A. Principles of the discipline and History of the 19th Century Musicale Theatre (2 ECTS)


C. Dahlhaus, Drammaturgia dell'opera italiana, Torino, EDT, 2005, pp. 1-140.

L. Zoppelli, L’opera come racconto. Modi narrativi nel teatro musicale dell’Ottocento, Venezia, Marsilio, 1994, pp. 1-160.

 B. Bellini Verdi Wagner (3 ECTS)


F. Della Seta, Bellini, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2021, pp. 205-271.

P. Gallarati, Lettura del Rigoletto, Torino, Libreria Stampatori, 2003, pp. 19-174.

E. Sala, Il valzer delle camelie. Echi di Parigi nella Traviata, Torino, EDT, 2008, pp. 1-86

J.-J. Nattiez, Wagner androgino. Saggio sull’interpretazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1997, pp. 1-48, 60-95, 109-174.


C. The Regietheater: Carsen e Tiezzi (1 ECTS)

L. Lipperini, on Giovanni. Il potere della seduzione, la musica il mito, Roma, Castelvecchi, 2006 

B. Scuderi, Dal dipinto alla scena: Norma secondo Federico Tiezzi, «Bollettino di Studi Belliniani», 2, 2016, pp. 20-46.

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Oral examination