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15 September 2017

Inside Opera: Why Does It Matter?


Inside Opera
Inside Opera

Department of Music launches free course with Royal Opera House and V&A

The Department is excited to announce the launch of the world’s first free online introductory course about opera: “Inside Opera: Why Does It Matter?”

Produced in collaboration with the Royal Opera House and the Victoria and Albert Museum, this ground-breaking course has been devised and fronted by KCL Lecturer in Music Flora Willson. It features numerous contributions from opera experts based in the Department, alongside interviews with key personnel working in the world of opera today from the Royal Opera House, and an exclusive perspective on opera’s visual history drawn from the V&A’s rich collections.

Hosted on the FutureLearn platform and suitable for anyone new to the art form – from those who have been to a performance and are keen to find out more, to those who assume opera just isn’t for them – this four-week course provides a fresh look at opera. It explores how it works, touches on its 400-year history and debates its status in the world today. It tackles opera’s bad reputation head-on, and aims above all to generate discussion: does opera still matter in the 21st century?

The course begins on Monday 9 October and is now open for registration here.

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Senior Lecturer in Music