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Many people are music lovers and have wondered about Opera, but their memories are from Saturday mornings Met radio with people screeching in a foreign language. Not to worry. Now, all opera venues have close captioned titles so one can understand the subtleties and nuances of the meaning of the lyrics with the absolutely gorgeous music underlying. We will listen to excerpts of glorious singers in all voices - Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Bass-Baritone/Bass. and Countertenors, and you will have a glossary of all the terms you may think you need to know. And at the last class, we will enjoy a full opera. Here is the good news. Once you know the voices and terms you will find you don't even need them to enjoy Opera. Just sit back, let your Right Brain take over, and enjoy the wash of music all over you. Be not afraid anymore!
Instructor: Maureen Brooks
Maureen is an autodidact operaphile, and has an occasional column in the Green Valley News as "The Opera Lady." She has been teaching Lifelong Learning classes on Opera, Literature, and Hitchcock for the past 13 years in New York and in Green Valley. She is a retired attorney and taught at Marist College (Poughkeepsie) in their ABA-accredited Paralegal Program until 2012 when she retired and moved to Arizona.
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