Favourite Operas

Ref: C2224504

This is a 50/50 course. The Tutor talks about his five favourite operas, each member of the class then picks his or her five favourites. The overall five with the most votes are then studied in class. Students will be asked to explain their choices, some will prove ambivolent and discussion will be encouraged. Rossini once said of Wagner;'s operas that they contained some wonderful moments and a lot of boring quarters of an hour , Britten said of Puccini's operas that he was sickened by their sentimentalty. Kathleen Ferrier described atonal operas as the sound of two cats fighting in a sack. Students should be prepared to engage in (politely) heated discussions

Course aim

To explore the vast world of opera by looking at both the Tutor's choices and the class's choices. To look at the variety of operatic styles that will (hopefully) have been chosen

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who enjoy opera and want to increasde their knowledge

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

  • Have a greater knowledge of opera
  • Overcome possible long held prejudices
  • Hold my corner in defending my choices
  • Feel more confident in interval discussions at the opera
  • Seek out operatic styles hitherto not explored

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • DVDs will be widely used

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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
  • The Tutor has a range of courses available. Students often progress to one of these.

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Favourite Operas


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