Learn to love opera: what it is, why it works—and five great operas digested

Online course


As opera houses across the UK prepare to reopen, learn from an expert and passionate opera ambassador why it’s the richest art-form you can experience—and not nearly as intimidating as you think.

Join The Times’s Neil Fisher for this two hour masterclass to explore the history and definition of opera, from triumphs to scandals. You’ll go deep into five great operas to understand what makes opera tick and what makes a great performance. If you’re intimidated or put off by opera this is the perfect place to start. If you have some knowledge already, the course will help you to develop your interest and learn more. 

Across the evening you will come away with the confidence to talk about opera, its origins, some of its key figures and its controversies without “feeling stupid”, as well as gain an understanding of some of the great masterpieces of Western civilisation. This 2 hour course will be the ideal starting point to develop your interest in opera, and receive guidance on next steps

Participants will receive a reading list and recommendations for recordings.

Tutor bio:

Neil Fisher is the deputy arts editor and a classical music critic for The Times. He joined The Times in 2004, and may have met more opera divas than Giles Coren has had reasonably priced suppers. He has appeared on BBC television and radio, including commentating on the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Neil has reported on operatic life for The Times from as far afield as Hong Kong, Venezuela and Cape Town.

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