Course overview

Opera is often seen as an exotic and irrational art form, with some strange practices such as a woman playing the part of a man. By examining how opera has developed from its origins around 1600, this course explains how opera has responded to changes in society and the differing tastes of different countries in Europe. This course is for anyone whether you enjoy opera or are simply curios to know more.

Course description

Opera - the presentation of dramatic works on stage through a combination of singing and acting - began around 1600 in Italy. Since then it has seen many changes in style and form, from the baroque through bel canto to the romantic and verismo (reality).

Through this time it has both enthralled and infuriated audiences and critics. In this course, I will talk about these different styles of opera, with lots of audio and video examples to try and explain why I believe it is the most complete and engaging of the stage arts.

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