Exploring Opera

Ref: C2338766

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 and to give you the 'tools' to watch opera with understanding.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • listen and watch opera with increasing understanding
  • place operas in their musical and historical context
  • describe some different operatic styles
  • demonstrate knowledge of how an opera is put together

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?

  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, 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 can I do next?

  • 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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