This program will offer the opportunity to attend performances at well-known Italian theaters while savoring some of the best art, architecture, and food experiences those regions have to offer.
* Venture off the beaten path to less-visited yet historically rich towns
* Discover Genoa's black-and-white marble cathedral, museum-palaces, and charming, winding, streets
* Savor the cuisine of Parma, a city justly famous for the excellence of its food
* See the highlights of Verona, the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with a special walking tour that illuminates the story of the two star-crossed lovers
* View Leonardo's masterpiece, The Last Supper
* Attend a performance of Guiseppe Verdi's Ernani at La Scala in Milan
Day 1: Depart US for Milan, Italy
Day 2: Milan / Verona
Day 3: Verona
Day 4: Parma
Day 5: Verona / Genoa
Day 6: Genoa
Day 7: Genoa / Milan
Day 8: Milan
Day 9: Milan / Depart for US
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music and chair of the music department, teaches courses in art music from 1700 to the present day, opera, American musical theater, Russian music, and American music. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written two books - How Sondheim Found His Sound and Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life (winner of the 2012 ASCAP Deems Taylor Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography) - and is at work on two more: one, on the life and music of musical theater composer William Finn; and another, on the intersections of music, neuroscience, and ethics. He is an accomplished concert pianist, with four nationally distributed recordings currently in release and a performance with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas to his credit. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at UC Berkeley.
Prof. Swayne is also the faculty member behind two of edX's most popular Dartmouth courses, Introduction to Italian Opera and Introduction to German Opera.