Does opera seem overwhelming, maybe intimidating? It can be! Does a woman wearing a helmet with horns, carrying a spear, and screeching send you in the other direction? Why wouldn't it? Does a death scene have to take ½-hour? Sometimes! But, not all operas are created equally! Our series de-mystifies this stunning art form by exploring its history from the Baroque to the Contemporary; understanding the vastly different voice types from soprano to bass; learning operatic vocabulary and jargon such as portamento and tessitura; experiencing a wide range of repertoire from popular works such as La Traviata, La Bohème and The Marriage of Figaro to lesser-known gems such as Adriana Lecouvreur, Semiramide and Louise; comparing different styles of conducting, direction and production, from the traditional & realistic to the contemporary & symbolic. Embark on this educational and fun (yes, fun!) musical journey filled with video performance clips, which bring the beauty and excitement of opera into class. This overview is terrific for both the opera newcomer and the long-time fan!