eek 5 Discussion  Opera and Society
Please respond to each of the following questions, using sources under the Explore heading and the textbook as the basis of your response:

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1. Using the text as a source and/or the web links listed below, choose an opera by Verdi, or Wagner, or Puccini, give a brief description of the plot and characters.   What changes would you make to the plot or characters or storyline to update this opera make it more interesting? 
Opera and Society

Chapter 30, Wagner and Verdi; (pp. 1133-1134), Puccini; review the Week 5 “Music Folder”
Huizenga article and audio selections at http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/04/11/150420827/talk-like-an-opera-geek-how-verdi-wagner-and-puccini-got-their-grooves
Wagner video of a stage production (Tristan und Isolde) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAEkTK6aKUM
Verdi video clip of stage production (Rigoletto) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5NEOh-XhyA
Puccini video clip of stage production (Tosca) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sSoKbv46zc and a quick overview of Tosca  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-W5brvUUqk
An overall website about operas:  https://www.theopera101.com/  (copy and paste the link into a new tab or window to make it live) 

2.Person of the week:   This week your choices are between Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, American writers and poets, and Claude Monet,and Edward Manet, artists who broke new ground in France with their painting techniques.   Look at the pictures and information in our text and online and then tell us which person you feel is more important and why. 

Here are some links about Whitman https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/whitman/leavesofgrass.html and Dickinson https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/emily-dickinson and Monet https://www.britannica.com/biography/Claude-Monet and Manet https://www.manet.org/


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