Course Description

This course will open up understanding of opera for all, especially newcomers. We will delve into the meaning behind the words and show, using new and old videos, and how the best singers have interpreted 10 great arias. Along the way, we will discuss some musical terms, some opera terms, and some singing terms. This course is an in-depth look at 10 of the greatest arias ever written—and how they have been performed. Each week, we will take just one aria, explore the opera from which it comes, examine the meaning of the aria using translation(s), consider the aria's role within the opera (for example, does it advance the plot?), and, finally (critically), enjoy videos of the greatest performers of the aria from the 20th and 21st centuries. This will be an interactive course, where all opinions will be encouraged. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
10 Great Opera Arias in 10 Weeks
Online - Zoom
3:30PM to 4:45PM
Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: The recommended books are a great introduction for reading at your own pace. The instructor will not be referring to them in class.

Recommended reading:

Fred Plotkin and Placido Domingo, Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera (9780786880256)

Liddy Lindsay, Opera A to Z: A Beginner's Guide to Opera (9780692632673)

George Jasmine, Opera for Beginners (9798526433914)