Shakespeare in Opera (5 Weeks)

Course Code: SIO101
Start Date: 2024/7/2 End Date: 2024/7/30 Day: Tue Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 10 Sessions: 5 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Special Notes: 【This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom.】 Location: Hybrid, In-Person (Tokyo), Online English Proficiency Level: Any Level

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Course Description

Dive into the enchanting world where Shakespeare's timeless tales come to life through the magic of opera! In this engaging module, we unravel the captivating influence of the legendary playwright on opera, exploring how his works have become the ultimate inspiration for countless operatic masterpieces. From the stages of Shakespeare's time to modern adaptations, discover the evolution of his plays in the opera world. Join us as we dissect fascinating adaptations, unravel the social and artistic motivations behind each production, and delve into the Romantic era's profound fascination with Shakespeare. Get ready for lively discussions and an in-depth exploration of iconic Shakespearean operas that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the intersection of drama and melody!

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical familiarity with a range of Shakespeare’s plays and their operatic adaptations which appear in this course.

2. Contextualize a range of Shakespearean operatic adaptations across cultural movements and generic boundaries.

3. Actively watch and enjoy Shakespeare operas with their classmates through discussion.

Who should take this course

People who would like to deepen their knowledge of Shakespeare-inspired operas by better understanding.


No required textbook


Miho Uchida

Instructor Biography

Miho is an England-based opera journalist who has been a member of the Foreign Press Association in London since 2015. She graduated with a BA Opera Studies from Manchester University and received her MA from University College of London (UCL) by researching gender issues and Orientalism in Opera. She has contributed articles to and produced feature spreads in both Japanese and English magazines since 2014. For all articles, she makes sure to interview opera singers, directors and instrumentalists for first hand reference. Supporting the development of opera and widening its audience by conveying her joy and knowledge is her passion. She also thoroughly enjoys traveling across the globe to visit different opera houses.