The Baroque & Classical Periods
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 Baroque period (1600-1750) may bring the birth of opera but, like a baby, the form evolves throughout its infancy. Early Baroque (think Monteverdi!) operas used dramatic text and music to express their stories, which were often based on Classical Greek & Roman mythology; sung like a play set to music. By the late Baroque (think Handel!), an increased interest in the voice demanded showy singing, often overshadowing the drama. In the Classical period (1730-1820, think Mozart!), the vocals are comparatively subdued as the orchestra becomes more complex and the storytelling regains importance.