Introducing you to opera

How should one be introduced to opera?  It’s a question I’ve thought about, one I have seen tossed around lately.

  1. American opera educator & broadcaster Fred Plotkin was asked the question “how does one become an opera buff?” Here are his seven steps.
  2. The Canadian Opera Company has launched a new free series for adults entitled “Opera Insights”, designed to connect audiences to the 2015-2016 season. The details of the program along with bios of all the presenters and participants can be found at coc.ca/OperaInsights
  3. And then there’s my own course at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, called The Most Popular Operas.  I have taught it for several years, adjusting it each year to include the operas being offered by the COC & Opera Atelier,  with a special emphasis on the operas that are most popular.  Are they “the best” or is something else at work in making them popular?  Some of you love a particular opera, while others love a particular singer, so there is also the question of opera as an artform vs opera as a vehicle for singers. . If we can’t reconcile these two pathways we can enjoy the contradictions between each point of view.  But at the very least the discovery of what we love is a great way to get started.

Most Popular Operas begins Sept 16th.

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