Dr. James A. Shrader is currently a Professor of Music and Head of the Department of Music at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He holds a doctorate in Fine Arts (Conducting) from Texas Tech University.
2012 0-7734-2928-X The choruses from the eighteenth century opere serie of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart represent a body of literature that is relatively unknown. While the majority of Italian opere serie exclude the chorus, most of Mozart’s works in this genre contain significant choral scenes. The existence of opera seria as popular musical theater was short-lived, yet the choruses from Mozart’s opere serie are worthy examples of secular choral literature.
The study includes a scholarly examination of the opera seria as a genre, as well as the historical role of the opera chorus. Of particular importance is the operatic reform movement in France.