The Early Operas of Benjamin Britten

Ref: C3741263

Britten is one of the greatest composers of opera in the 20th century, equal to Puccini, Richard Strauss and Janacek. Starting with 'Peter Grimes', we will study his early operas in detail.

Course aim

To study the operas of Benjamin Britten.

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:

  • place Britten's early operas in the context of his life and work.
  • recognise the way his music articulates the drama.
  • bring a greater understanding to, and derive greater enjoyment from, attending performances in the theatre or cinema.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Early Operas of Benjamin Britten Course Outline

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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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