Symbols of Transformation: A Depth Psychology Perspective on Mozart
A three-lecture celebration of the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus, with insights gleaned from archetypal psychology. Each class explores Jungian themes as expressed in Mozart's music, featuring performances by pianists Kayleen Asbo and Elizabeth Walter, mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks and violinist Julija Zibrat.
Class One: The Archetype of the Eternal Child For class notes, click here Mozart's phenomenal abilities as a child prodigy dazzled all of Europe, and he has been estimated to have been one of three greatest savants in the history of the world. Effortlessly mastering mathematics and foreign languages as well as the violin, keyboard and composition, he toured to royal courts at age 6 and wrote his first opera at age 11. His lifelong capacity for playfulness had a dark side however, and the negative side of the child archetype frequently erupted in fits of pique, temper tantrums, and an inability to manage his worldly affairs. We'll explore both sides of the archetype of the Eternal Child in a program featuring Mozart's earliest and latest music written for the piano, duets he performed with his extraordinarily talented sister Nannerl and the charming Variations on "Ah! Vous Durai Je Maman"
Class Two: Love and Shadows in Opera For class notes, click here Mozart brought a new depth to the world of opera, in particular elevating the female characters to an unknown level of rich characterization. We'll explore how Mozart'sown love life helped him to add added enormous psychological complexity to the operatic stage. Featuring mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks in arias fromThe Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.
Class Three: Mozart the Alchemist: The Archetype of Hero and Homecoming Mozart's ability to craft an archetypal quest is present in even his chamber music. Through his violin and piano sonatas, we'll see how Mozart mirrors Joseph Campbell's description of the Hero's Journey: Separation, Encountering the Shadow, Road of Trials, Union and Return. FInally, we'll find the surprising parallels between Mozart's last opera and The Wizard of Oz, both works that express esoteric symbolism within the guise of a childlike fairytale. Featuring the Violin and Piano Sonata K.379 with Kayleen Asbo and Julija Zibrat.
The Magic Flute
Kayleen offered the pre-concert lecture for all ten performances of the San Francisco Opera's 2015 production of The Magic Flute. Watch a video of her talk on the alchemical marriage of the silly and the sublime in Mozart's last opera, posted below.