Exploring Opera

Ref: C2339394

Exploring Opera: a course for anyone, from beginner to advanced opera lovers, interested in viewing operas and discussing their merits and significance. Students will be able to view operas on DVDs and discuss their own responses as well as learn about the historical background to the story, the music and the composers.

Course aim

To explore the extraordinary world of Opera: viewing Operas on DVDs, students will be able to discuss their musical and dramatic features, and how Opera has evolved through over 400 hundred years of its history.

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:

  • Use my knowledge and learning to appreciate and enjoy Opera
  • Demonstrate an ability to embrace and evaluate operatic musical compositions in their historical context
  • Explore Opera’s changing role in culture and society during its four-century history
  • Describe different operatic styles using musical vocabulary
  • Be able to discuss with others my responses and reactions to the music, action and production of the Operas

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 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A notebook and pen is useful for making any notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Opera: A New Way of Listening, by Alexander Waugh Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera, by Fred Plotkin

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Exploring Opera Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

You can 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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