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!
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?