Exploring Opera

Ref: C2340681

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 - eg. music, libretto ,singers, orchestra, production, context and cultures at its time of writing and of watching - you will be able to form a judgement 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! The Theme(s) used in planning your course is/are: 1. Culture Education

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 and enjoyment.

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 the 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

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

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Exploring Opera

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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