ANNOUNCES 2008-09 SEASON
OF ONLINE LEARNING
COMPANIES FORM PARTNERSHIP IN
EFFORT TO INFORM AUDIENCES
- Twelve North American opera companies are partnering with OPERA
, the national service organization for the field, to deliver the association’s
2008-09 season of Online Learning courses.
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
Designed as a service for opera lovers and those
who wish to learn more about the art form, the courses offer an opportunity to explore
the many diverse elements of opera using the unique capacity and convenience of
Each course features content that focuses on the historical
backgrounds, musical styles, literary sources and dramatic structures of each opera.
Links to written course lectures are e-mailed to participants once each week for
four weeks, which allows learners to review the course material at their own pace.
Audio clips and production photos are also provided, aiding in the study of musical
style and analysis. An interactive comments and questions feature allows discussion
among participants and the instructor.
Audience feed back has been positive. “I loved it. Just the right amount of material.
I am a professional musician and I appreciate the fact that the materials were not
elementary. I felt it was relevant to all types of learning levels,” wrote course
participant, Lynne Sawyer,
Instructors are chosen for their first-hand experience and collective expertise
in a range of behind-the-scenes disciplines that constitute the world of opera.
This season’s Online Learning courses are taught by Andrew Eggert (stage director),
Scott Eyerly (composer and teacher), Denise Gallo (specialist in 19th
century Italian opera and scholar) and Thomas May (author and critic).
“As with any masterpiece, the more we can learn about its background,
historical context or creator’s intent, the more we enrich our experience as we
familiarize ourselves with it,” stated Marc A. Scorca, OPERA
’s President & CEO. “Introducing opera to a broader audience is one of OPERA
’s core goals. These Online courses, designed for the avid opera fan as well as
the first-time attendee deliver knowledge along with enormous enjoyment.”
Support for the Online Learning program has been provided by
the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Target.
Audio has been provided by Opera D'Oro and Allegro Music
Each partner company will offer the courses at
no charge to its patrons; they are available to the general public for $10 each.
The Online Learning program is free to members of OPERA
For more information or to register for the course(s):
2008-09 Online Learning Schedule
La traviata-August 15-September 12, Instructor: Denise Gallo;
Madama Butterfly-September 16-October 7, Instructor: Andrew Eggert
La nozze di Figaro-February 17-March 17, Instructor: Denise Gallo
Brief Encounter-April 1-April 29, Instructor: Thomas May
Partners for the Online Learning courses include The
Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of
Opera Colorado, Opera Memphis, Portland Opera, Sacramento
Symphony & Opera,