Opera 101

Have you been to an opera and wished you knew more about opera to enhance your experience? Opera is a story told through the unique union of singing, action, and instrumental music which, together, evoke varying emotions.


Through the Midland College Continuing Education Department, PBO offers a continuing education course about specific operas, and opera in general. We meet on Monday evenings in Room 202 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the Midland College campus from 7:00-9:00pm.  Classes are fun and enlightening and consist of lecture, discussion, and experiencing opera utilizing technology. The overall length of the course varies by semester. A typical course lasts 9 to 11 weeks.

Opera 101     6:30 - 9 PM       MHAB 209      Midland College   

Instructor: Jim Camp        email: Instructor


Fall 2019
The purpose of this course is to enhance the student’s opera experience through education about the composer, history at the time of the composition, the opera libretto (story), drama, and music-vocal and instrumental. Opera is storytelling on steroids. It is a story told through the unique union of singing, action and music - which, together, evoke varying emotions. List of Operas for Fall Semester: The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot, Tales of Hoffman, Manon, Kata Kabanova and Il Trovatore.


Lesson schedule   
Sep. 19    Greenberg on  “Marriage of Figaro”
Sep. 26    “Marriage of Figaro” (begin) – Mozart 
Oct. 3      “Marriage of Figaro” (finish) – Mozart
Oct. 10    “Turandot” – Puccini    
Oct. 17     “Tales of Hoffman” – Offenbach
Oct. 24     “Manon” – Massenet                 
Oct. 31     “Kata Kabanova” – Janácek
Nov. 7      “Il Trovatore” – Verdi      

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