Interested in learning more about the world of opera?
An online learning course may be just the ticket.
This fall, 12 North American opera companies, including the Sacramento Opera, are partnering with OPERA America, the national opera service organization, to deliver a 2008-09 season of online learning courses.
The courses are designed as a portal into the operatic repertoire, but also geared to the opera aficionado. This season's offerings include: Verdi's "La Traviata," Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," and the world premiere of Andre Previn's "Brief Encounter."
Each course offers content that delves into the history, musical style, and dramatic structure of each opera. Written course lectures are emailed to participants once each week for four weeks. This allows participation at an individual pace.
So, what's not to like?
And audio clips and production photos are provided. An attractive feature is each course's interactivity, which allows for discussion among participants and instructor.
The Sacramento Opera, and each partner company, offers the courses at no charge to its patrons. The courses are available to the general public for only $10 each.
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