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From Weber to Wagner: VOX 3 Performs German Opera in the 1830s

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Petty Auditorium

Opera houses and music history books tend to ignore works produced in Germany between Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner. In many ways, however, these years saw a bumper crop of audience-pleasing performances, with charming music and interesting stories. This concert explores the missing generation of German opera, featuring composers Albert Lortzing, Ludwig Spohr, Otto Nicolai, Conradin Kreutzer, and Heinrich Marschner. From the comedy of Zar und Zimmermann to the gothic melodrama Der Vampyr, VOX 3 members perform scenes and arias from these lost pieces, explaining the developments in politics, stagecraft, art, and harmony in this pivotal time period.