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 with short, informal lectures, practical exercises and handouts. The course will use a variety of materials including visual extracts from performances of various productions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to bring a notebook a pen to take notes in class. You may also wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class after the course has finished.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course prepares you for studying other music appreciation courses, especially those related to opera and music theatre. Why not consider one of Pauline's longer 'Opera Studies' classes such as: Opera studies 1: the devil in opera MD997.