An exploration of cultural, historical, analytical, aesthetic, and scholarly issues related to representative operas. Addresses forms, compositional approaches, vocal writing, and orchestration, with a focus on the ways operas interact with larger cultural and historical trends around the time of their genesis and in the world today. Students are expected to demonstrate 1) an ability to understand and respond to recent and advanced scholarly writing on opera and 2) an ability to follow arguments informed by music analysis, to present analytical points deduced from listening and score study, to undertake original research on operas, and to report their research findings. Prerequisite: MUHI 6335, MUED 6340, or instructor permission. Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: MUHI 6335 or MUED 6340.