Come to the Opera

Course Content

Autumn Term

Title of course: Verdi

Verdi was the greatest composer of Italian opera in the 19th century. We will examine the operas of his middle and late period in the context of his time. There will be illustrations on DVD and on the piano, and opportunities for discussion

Spring Term

Title of course: Verdi the Master

We will trace the development of Verdi's operatic output, culminating in the masterpieces, Otello and Falstaff, of his Indian summer.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

The course is suitable for anyone who enjoys music and drama. No qualifications are needed.

First Class Requirements

Note-taking materials

Attendance Requirements

It is very important to attend all classes, if possible. However, if you are unable to attend for any reason, please notify the tutor in advance.

Assessment Methods

There will be opportunities for discussion and questions. Learners will be invited to make short (five-minute) presentations from time to time. There is no written work.

Further Study Options

Learners are encouraged to attend performances of opera in the theatre or the cinema.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email


Remote Learning:
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