This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £95 / Conc. £71
This course will dispel the myths surrounding opera and introduce you to its magic. Through a combination of recorded music, visual aids and group discussion, students will follow the history of opera from its birth in late-Renaissance Italy, via the works of Purcell, Mozart, Puccini and Wagner, through to contemporary works addressing current affairs and tabloid stories.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who wishes to learn more about this celebrated art form. No previous experience or knowledge is required.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
Whether you choose a computer/laptop, mobile phone, or tablet, make sure it can play sound, as we’ll be listening to music.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will:
- Be able to recognise the most famous operas in the repertory around the world
- Understand different operatic genres and styles
- Have discovered the composers behind the works, and the influences they have had on today’s music.
Meet the Tutor
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Helen sang as a soprano soloist at English National Opera, The Linbury Studio Covent Garden, Garsington Opera and Chelsea Opera Group and also appeared in Phantom of the Opera. She premiered works by Tansy Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Paul Patterson and Judith Weir. Helen regularly broadcasts on television and radio, recently on BBC World News and The Paul O'Grady Show.
In 2017, she produced the UK premiere of The Juniper Tree, an opera by Philip Glass. She composed and performed in her first opera It's 10pm, They're Late! for the Tête-à-Tête Festival 2009. Dividing her time between teaching, leading workshops and choirs, Helen is also in demand as a speaker and gave her first Ted Talk, Tell me the truth about Opera, at Cass Business School.
Her book Singing Tips at your Fingertips is described by Gary Lachman (the Guardian) as "the place to find the singer within".
The Baroque Operas of Purcell and Handel
Mozart’s Da Ponte Operas
The Golden Age of Bel Canto
Verismo: Puccini and many more
Wagner’s Music Dramas and Strauss
Opera in twentieth and twenty-first centuries
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