Exploring Opera

Ref: C2337916

We will watch, on dvd, a selection of operas, designed to give a representative view of the genre. By discussing the various aspects which make up an opera - e.g. music, libretto, singers, orchestra, production - you will be able to form a judgment about how opera does what it does. This will help you to watch opera with a greater understanding of how a composer's initial idea ends up as a final production on the stage. It is a very interesting journey!

Course aim

To explore a variety of operas, from the popular to the unfamiliar, touching a whole range of emotions. Be thrilled, chilled, moved and surprised in equal measure.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Nothing else is needed

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required - A reading list will be suggested at the first meeting, but is not compulsory

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member - Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Exploring Opera Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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