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The following library of 29 “Travel-related” and 30 “Learning” video webinars are exclusively available by monthly or annual subscription to members of the OPERA-IS CLUB.

To access these video webinars:

Remember that my 10-video-module
OPERA 101 COURSE” (the fundamentals that everyone should know) is FREE.

For more details on my OPERA 201, 301 and 401 “learning” webinars and (if you are a member) to watch these webinars please click on the linked titles below.

30 “LEARNING”
VIDEO WEBINARS

(1) OPERA . 201:
brief introductions
to national styles
of Opera

(a) how ITALIAN OPERA developed:
(a series of 12 “short module” video talks)

  1. Framework / Introduction
  2. Renaissance and Baroque Opera
  3. The Age of the Castrati
  4. The Rossini Code
  5. The “Whose Music?” Convention
  6. Exploring Violetta’s Scena
  1. The Evolution of the Love Duet
  2. The Greatest Italian Love Duet?
  3. Verismo – Origins
  4. Verismo comes to Italy
  5. Verismo – Style
  6. Puccini and the death of Italian Opera

(b) how GERMAN OPERA developed:
(a series of 3 one-hour video lectures)

  • Part 1 – German Opera BEFORE Wagner
  • Part 2 – German Opera – Richard Wagner
  • Part 3 – German Opera AFTER Wagner

(c) how CZECH OPERA developed:
(a series of 3 one-hour video lectures)

  • Part 1 – Bedřich Smetana (1824 – 1884)
    and the Czech National Revival
  • Part 2 – Leos Janacek (1854 – 1928) :
    a unique genius
  • Part 3 – Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904)
    and Bohuslav Martinu (1890 – 1959)

These lectures were originally presented
through CLASSI LEARNING


(2) OPERA . 301:
exploring some
key roles
for Verdi Tenors
and Verdi Baritones

(a) five roles for a Verdi Tenor
(a series of 5 one-hour video lectures)

  1. MANRICO (Il Trovatore)
  2. GUSTAVO (Un Ballo in Maschera)
  3. DON CARLO (title role)
  4. RADAMES (Aida)
  5. OTELLO (title role)

(b) five roles for a Verdi Baritone
(a series of 5 one-hour video lectures)

  1. NABUCCO (title role)
  2. MACBETH (title role)
  3. RIGOLETTO (title role)
  4. GERMONT (La Traviata)
  5. RODRIGO (Don Carlo)




These lectures were originally presented
through CLASSI LEARNING.


(3) OPERA . 401:
“Rosedale Weekend”
Video Webinars

(A) Delving Deeper:
Richard Wagner’s
“DIE MEISTERSINGER”
(each video lecture is approximately one hour long)

  • Die Meistersinger – exploring Act 1
  • Die Meistersinger – exploring Act 2
  • Die Meistersinger – exploring Act 3 (part 1)
  • Die Meistersinger – exploring Act 3 (part 2)

29 “TRAVEL-RELATED”
VIDEO WEBINARS

TRAVEL
DESTINATIONS (1)

(1) HISTORY and OPERA series

each group of webinars contains
3 – 5 one-hour video lectures.

  • (A) four weeks in SPAIN
    Operas set in…
    • Southern Spain – ANDALUCIA
    • Central Spain – LA MANCHA
    • Northern Spain – the PYRENEES
    • The Spanish EMPIRE

  • (B) five weeks in PARIS
    Operas set in…
    • The ANCIEN REGIME
    • The BOURBON RESTORATION
    • The SECOND EMPIRE
    • The BELLE EPOQUE
    • PARIS since WW1

  • (C) three weeks in ROME
    Operas set in…
    • ANCIENT ROME
    • MEDIEVAL ROME
    • MODERN ROME
  • (D) three weeks in SCOTLAND
    Operas set in…
    • HANDEL and OPERA SERIA in Scotland
    • Sir WALTER SCOTT and 19th c. BEL CANTO
    • SHAKESPEARE and VERDI in Scotland

  • (E) four weeks in VENICE
    Operas set in…
    • BYRON and two DOGES of Venice
    • BIRTH, LOVE and DEATH in Venice
    • SHAKESPEARE on the RIALTO
    • Some OPERETTAS set in Venice














These lectures were originally created
in association with CLASSI LEARNING.


TRAVEL
DESTINATIONS (2)

(2) TEN OPERATIC QUESTS :
in the footsteps of…

10 one-hour video lectures

These lectures were originally presented
to York University’s Glendon College
Living and Learning in Retirement group.