La Traviata: How to Listen to an Opera

La Traviata: How to Listen to an Opera

A staged opera is the complete package: music, lyrics, acting, costumes, staging, sets, and lighting. They all help us follow the story even if we don’t understand every word. With only the music, can we still experience everything the composer intended? Using Verdi’s opera, La Traviata, this lecture will illustrate the techniques and musical cues Verdi employed to enhance the meaning and intent of the text and drama so that with only our ears we can still be moved by what we hear.


Free and open to the public

Presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library
and the West Windsor branch of the Mercer County Library System

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Professor of Music, Rider University

Timothy Urban

Timothy Urban holds a M.M. degree in voice and recorder performance; a M.F.A. degree in early music performance practice; a M.A. degree in music theory and history; and a Ph.D. in musicology, specializing in music of the Italian seicento. He has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals, lectured, and guest conducted across the United States and internationally but most importantly, year after year, Princeton Festival patrons find Dr. Urban’s lectures on our opera’s music and plot essential to their enjoyment of the performance.