Skip to main content

18th-Century Opera: Handel & Mozart

Study Baroque and Classical opera through Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Mozart’s Don Giovanni

There is one session available:

21,665 already enrolled! After a course session ends, it will be archived.
Starts May 18
Estimated 5 weeks
3–4 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
Free
Optional upgrade available

About this course

Skip About this course

In this breathtaking course, you'll get to know the music of two beautiful operas — both in their spellbindingartistry and colorful histories.

First, you'll travel to London in 1724, where George Frideric Handel premiered his most famous opera, Giulio Cesare. Meet the performers and experience what it was like to attend the first production, all while gaining an appreciation for the typical characteristics of Italian opera represented in this popular Baroque opera seria.

Then fast-forward 63 years to the Estates Theatre in Prague for the premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s enduring classic, Don Giovanni. Learn about the challenges Mozart faced during the rehearsal process and the revolutionary relationship he created between music and drama in this opera.

At a glance

  • Institution: HarvardX
  • Subject: Music
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Language: English

What you'll learn

Skip What you'll learn
  • How singers and the orchestra interact
  • How performances of these works have changed since their premieres
  • The basic structures of Baroque opera
  • Essential characteristics of Classical music
  • Mozart’s techniques for representing characters through music
  • How to compare the social and cultural contexts of the two premieres

About the instructors

Frequently Asked Questions

Skip Frequently Asked Questions

Honor Code
HarvardX requires individuals who enroll in its courses on edX to abide by the terms of the edX honor code. HarvardX will take appropriate corrective action in response to violations of the edX honor code, which may include dismissal from the HarvardX course; revocation of any certificates received for the HarvardX course; or other remedies as circumstances warrant. No refunds will be issued in the case of corrective action for such violations. Enrollees who are taking HarvardX courses as part of another program will also be governed by the academic policies of those programs.

Nondiscrimination/Anti-Harassment
Harvard University and HarvardX are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination or harassment in our program. All members of the HarvardX community are expected to abide by Harvard policies on nondiscrimination, including sexual harassment, and the edX Terms of Service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact harvardx@harvard.edu and/or report your experience through the edX contact form.

Research Statement
HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Read our research statement to learn more.

Interested in this course for your business or team?

Train your employees in the most in-demand topics, with edX for Business.