What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Describe opera and its main musical and dramatic features
- Discuss how opera has changed with the world around the opera house
- Explore the major roles involved in staging an opera, both in the past and today
- Reflect on opera’s changing role in culture and society during its four-century history
- Explore how new technologies have altered the way audiences experience opera
- Discuss what opera has to offer in the 21st century
The course is for anyone interested in opera and how it works musically and theatrically, whether or not you’ve experienced opera before.
What do people say about this course?
"I started the course knowing very little about opera, having seen a live feed of La Boheme at a local cinema. I have learned so much from the presenters, and enjoyed reading the comments in the discussions. Thanks to you all I’m looking forward to seeing my next opera." Maralyn Griffiths
"This was my first course on FutureLearn. I picked it because I knew nothing of opera and thought that would be the best way to try out this format. I have to say, this course set the bar for future ones incredibly high." Natalie Torosian
If you’ve never been to an opera, or assumed it’s not for you, you’ll learn the basics in a new and exciting way. And if you already enjoy opera and want to learn more, this course will enrich your future experiences, helping you to develop a toolkit of operatic concepts to draw on long after you have finished the course.
Now is your chance to explore this diverse and spectacular art form.
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