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 Italian for “Beautiful Singing” says it all; again, the voice dominates this short but impactful period (1805-1840). The music of Rossini, Donizetti & Bellini includes incredible vocal acrobatics; sometimes the dramatic demands are equally as harrowing! A new level of vocal virtuosity is established requiring yet more from the singers!