Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:David Conte's The Gift of the Magi: Educational value in an American opera
Author(s):Lee, Euigun
Advisor(s):Taylor, Stephen
Contributor(s):Gunn, Julie; Gunn, Nathan; Megill, Andrew
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):American opera
"The Gift of the Magi"
David Conte
20th century American opera
American opera for education
opera - short story
opera - a hour running time
opera- one act
Abstract:This thesis serves as a guide to David Conte’s opera The Gift of the Magi to provide undergraduate students majoring in vocal performance at both large and small size music departments at universities in the United States with an opportunity to experience opera performances. Moreover, The Gift of the Magi is analyzed from the standpoint of a singer performing an opera, which is compared to other American operas of similar scale. Finally, this thesis investigates a number of performances of this opera by students in US schools of music to determine the system of opera education under which they were performing. Through all the comparisons and results, the goal of this thesis is to prove the educational value of Conte’s The Gift of the Magi.
Issue Date:2021
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Euigun Lee
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-12

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