Opera appreciation: an introduction
Time: 13:00 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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?
This is an online course:
- 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 will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also 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?
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