Ten Operas that Changed the World

Ref: C2224275

What was so revolutionary about Monteverdi's Orfeo. Appreciate how Mozart's Marriage of Figaro united the opera seria and opera buffa forms. How did Verdi's operas (especially Nabucco) further the move towards a united Italy. Ignore the critics, let the public decide (Puccini's La Boheme) Dont be constrained by a verse libretto use prose aid ignore taboos (Strauss' Salome). Do operas have to be tonal (Berg's Wozzeck) and England is not the land without music - Britten in general and Peter Grimes in particularly. All this and more

Course aim

The course shows how certain operas have had a significant effect either on future developments musically or historically

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • And an interest in opera.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the major changes in opera composition thabhave occurred
  • See these changes at work in the opera house
  • Identify the role of natuionalism in the fieldof opera
  • Overcome any prejudices you may have about twentieth century opera
  • Undersand that there is more to opra than just great tunes

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Thetre will be mqany opportunities for group discussions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • My course on 20th and 21st century opera could be a good follow on

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Ten Operas that Changed the World


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