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.