Course will be taught by operatic soprano Ashley Galvani Bell (Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera) and stage director Antón Armendariz Diaz (Rioja Forum, Principal de Castellón, Festival de Cine de Barcelona). Anton & Ashley also love musical theatre and are passionate about teaching Broadway fans to embrace and love opera.
Introduction to the Joys of Opera
Did you ever think that opera was for sophisticated old fogies and nothing of interest for young people? This course will change your impression and your mind and open the door to the incredible story telling that can only be done through powerful music and staging. The stories are timeless; Operatic music has touched people's emotions since its inception and knowing about its origins and its history will allow a deep appreciation of this important and unique art form. Anton and Ashley have designed sessions that are not daunting but rather are inviting and interactive and will stimulate your senses while you're learning. If you're ever enjoyed a musical theatre experience like Phantom of the Opera, this will give you an understanding of its prequel and why opera has successfully lasted for centuries.
Week 1 Barber of Seville by Rossini
Week 2 Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti
Week 3 Rigoletto by Verdi
Week 4 Carmen by Bizet
Week 5 Tosca by Puccini
Week 6 Madame Butterfly by Puccini