Opera appreciation: an introduction
Time: 13:00 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: MD900
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is for people who are intrigued by opera but don’t know where to start. By focussing on two classics - Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Bizet’s Carmen - this course will give you confidence to go and explore the genre and enhance your listening pleasure.
What will we cover?
- A brief introduction to the history of opera
- Introduction to selected musical styles and periods
- Introduction to operatic voices and their use in chosen works.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Feel more confident in exploring operatic works
- Compare and contrast your case study works
- Name individual characters and voice types in at least two operas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginner’s course. You do not need any specific musical skills but you should be keen and enthusiastic to explore opera. You will need to read and write confidently in English and to join in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, practical demonstrations on the piano and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including YouTube clips. Links to these are given on Google Classroom so that further exploration may take place between classes if you wish.
- Short preparation tasks, such as listening to a piece or reading a review, will be set
- Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and once enrolled, further online resources will be available via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class; links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes please click this link: Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
Pauline Greene studied composition at Nottingham University and then composed, performed and was Musical Director with various theatre companies. She taught flute and composition, performing her music across the UK at various venues, including the Southbank Centre and the Edinburgh Festival, with her group The Concert Party, which she managed and directed. She has taught at the Universities of Middlesex and Hertfordshire, and ran the Music Access course at Morley College. She has taught at Birkbeck since 1984, moving from Music to Arts Management, and also lectures at Goldsmiths. She has given talks at the Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall and Glyndebourne. At City Lit Pauline teaches a wide range of music history courses, with specialisms in opera, music for dance, theatre and film, musical analysis, and music since 1900. She is still involved in the organisation of small-scale charity concerts and one-off musical events, and she sings and plays with several small groups.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.