Three-Part Workshop with Joshua Borths: "Opera 101"
Joshua Borths

Arizona Opera's Education Manager hosts a three-session class, with music and video examples, to discuss the history of opera and what you should listen for when you attend a performance.

Opera is more than Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd screeching Figaro and Flight of the Valkyries. Opera is "the ultimate art form" since it combines all other disciplines into one incredible work of art. Join Arizona Opera's Joshua Borths for a discussion about the history of the art form and what to listen for when you attend a performance. You will never be intimidated by Verdi or Wagner again!

Class 1 | This introduction to the artform starts at the beginning. Learn how opera began in Italy and then took the world by storm, culminating in the classical (and fan favorite) operas of Mozart. Learn about the different styles of opera and how they continue to influence the artform today.

Class 2 | The nineteenth century was shaped by Romanticism: the art of wearing your heart on your sleeve. Learn how Romanticism led to the overwhelming passion and "big ideas" found in the works of the bel canto, Verdi, Meyerbeer, and Wagner, and how the opera in turn affected the culture and politics of Europe in this age of revolution.

Class 3 | We are in the middle of an operatic renaissance. There have been more world-premieres in the past 25 years than in the previous 75 years. Learn about how modernism—beginning in the 20th century—is shaping the operas written today and how they in turn reflect the rich history of this "ultimate artform."

  • Cost: $45 for three sessions.
    • Admission only available for full class series; meetings cannot be attended individually.
  • Registration at 602.274.0067.
SKU: 3072017

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