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Exploring Opera Series: Aria Ready?
October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, happening 4 times
We are delighted to partner with our friends at The Osher Marin JCC & other Program Partners* to bring you
Exploring Opera: Aria Ready?
Thursdays, Oct 1-22: 4:00-5:30 pm (EDT) on Zoom
Join opera appreciation instructor James Sokol & vocal coach Ron Valentino for a unique journey through opera history via the exploration of arias. Each live, online session focuses on different periods of opera history, from the Baroque & Classical through the Romantic & Bel Canto to the Verismo & Modern. Not familiar with some of these terms? No worries; we got ya covered! Learn about and hear different repertoire, singers, musical styles, and vocal challenges unique to each period. Video performance clips bring the excitement & beauty of opera into the discussion. This is a wonderful series for the opera newcomer and the long-time fan!
Series Tickets: $50/Series of 4-classes (equals $12.50/Class).
Early Tickets: $15/Single class. Sales are open until at noon (PST) on the day prior to the class.
Regular Tickets: $20/Single class. Sales are open until 2-hours prior to the class.
Ticket prices are per device, not per person.
The Baroque & Classical Periods (Oct 1)
The Baroque period (1600-1750) may bring the birth of opera but, like a baby, the form evolves throughout its infancy. Early Baroque (think Monteverdi!) operas used dramatic text and music to express their stories, which were often based on Classical Greek & Roman mythology; sung like a play set to music. By the late Baroque (think Handel!), an increased interest in the voice demanded showy singing, often overshadowing the drama. In the Classical period (1730-1820, think Mozart!), the vocals are comparatively subdued as the orchestra becomes more complex and the storytelling regains importance.
The Bel Canto Period (Oct 8)
The Italian for “Beautiful Singing” says it all; again, the voice dominates this short but impactful period (1805-1840). The music of Rossini, Donizetti & Bellini includes incredible vocal acrobatics; sometimes the dramatic demands are equally as harrowing! A new level of vocal virtuosity is established requiring yet more from the singers!
The Romantic Period (Oct 15)
From 1830-1900, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Wagner & Massenet dominate the scene and take opera to new dramatic and vocal heights; yes, the singers give more than ever before. Bigger orchestras require bigger voices. The vocal challenges are paramount.
The Verismo & Modern Periods (Oct 22)
The exciting period of Italian “realism” (1890-1920) pushes voices even further, demanding sounds never-before heard on opera’s stages – thrilling, but vocally dangerous! Modern (1900-2020) works bring new tonalities, complex harmonies and new challenges just to push singers even furthers….maybe over the edge?