Course Description

Imagine a story using music, with the characters singing rather than speaking their lines – with instrumental accompaniment, scenery and costumes. It can be comical, tragic, historical or pure fiction, based on real or mythological figures. Opera has been known to cause riots, create prima donnas and transform a composer, a conductor or a performer into a “superstar.”

Using film, recording and live performance, learn about the beginnings of the operatic form (13th century), its developing into the 16th-century Baroque extravaganza, the 17th-century Romantic period, and the versions and Bel Canto of the 19th century leading to contemporary opera that has united dramatic literature with dramatic musical drama.


B.M. Music, Stetson University; M.A. Music in Literature, Eastman School of Music; Professional Diploma, Columbia University Teachers College; Ph.D., Honorary, Stetson University. Tenor Earnest Murphy has led a varied career as a soloist in concerts, solo recitals and oratorio performances. As a soloist with the United States Army Band in Washington, D.C., he performed in White House activities for President and Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower; was a member of the Abbey Singers and the New York Pro Musica, receiving Grammy Awards with both; toured Europe, Russia, Israel and South America appearing in major festivals; was a soloist with Leopold Stakowski and the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall; sang backup quartet for Frankie Laine for a two-month engagement at Waldorf Astoria’s Empire Room; served as a teacher of Music Education in the Englewood, N.J., Public School System for 21 years; guest lectures in music at Stetson University and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Music. Ernie lives in Daytona Beach and serves on the Peabody Board for the city and the Board of Advisors to the Daytona Symphony Society.

Registration Information


Cost: $25.00

Dates: November 1, 8 and 15, 2018

2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Flagler Hall 104 C

To register, email Cheri Gowan at cgowan@stetson.edu or call at 386-822-7505