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 203      Midland College   

Instructor: Jim Camp        email: Instructor

 

Spring of 2020The 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.

In spring 2020, we will study operas “Porgy and Bess”, “The Flying Dutchman”, “Moby Dick”, “Cadmus and Hermione”, “Salome”, “Maria Stuarda”, and “Die Fledermaus”.

 

Lesson schedule   

Jan. 30  Porgy and Bess – Gershwin  

 

Feb. 6   Porgy (finish); Greenberg on Dutchman

 

Feb. 13  The Flying Dutchman – Wagner

 

Feb. 20   Moby Dick – Heggie

 

Feb. 27  Cadmus and Hermione – Lully        

 

Mar. 5    Greenberg on Salome; Salome – R. Strauss

 

Mar. 19  Maria Stuarda – Donizetti

 

Mar. 26  Die Fledermaus – J. Strauss

© 2019 by Permian Basin Opera

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