Musical dramaturgy

Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: GRAZIELLA SEMINARA

Expected Learning Outcomes

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

1. Knowledge and understanding

Acquisition of the knowledge necessary understanding of the most relevant contents and methodologies of Musical Dramaturgy

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

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. Autonomy of judgment

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

4. Communication skills

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

5. Learning skill

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

Course Structure


Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

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), the Federico Tiezzi’s production of Norma (Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 2013) and Davide Livermore’s production of Macbeth (Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 2021)

Textbook Information

A. 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, Verdi, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2021, pp. 24-84, 158-183, 252-324

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


C. The ‘Regietheater’: Carsen, Tiezzi, Livermore (1 ECTS)

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

G. Seminara, «The seductive visuality» nella scrittura scenica di Davide Livermore, «Arabeschi», 19 (2022).


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