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Seattle Opera.

Opera in the Making

Opera in the Making

Sundays, Sept. 13 thru Nov. 1 from 1:00–3:00 PM

Online Zoom Course | SOLD OUT

Fee: $350 | Instructor: Jessica Murphy Moo | Composer: Damien Geter

This class is at capacity, but if you would like to be added to a waitlist please email tickets@seattleopear.org.

On paper, opera is an art form that involves words and music. But of course opera doesn’t live on paper. It only comes alive through the people who perform it and the collaborative effort of those onstage and backstage.

If we look at the process of creating an opera, we can begin to see just how much collaboration is involved. The process begins with words, then music ignites those words into something new, then performers and creative teams come in and spark that music and that story into something new. As the librettist—the writer who creates an opera’s words, characters, and story—you get to be at the beginning of this magic.

In this course, you will gain knowledge of the fundamental building blocks of a libretto—words, imagery, scenes, character desire, and story. As the writer, the words and story are your contribution. The music—which also tells the story—is out of your hands! But as you create the story and as you write words that performers will sing, you need to be thinking musically. How to do this? How do you “make room” for music in a story?

We will listen to contemporary opera. In the final weeks of the course, Portland-based singer and composer Damien Geter will put an excerpt of our words to music. You will see how music and the collaborative process will bring new life to your words and ideas!

Add to Calendar 9/13/2020 1:00:00 PM 11/1/2020 1:00:00 PM America/Vancouver Opera in the Making Opera in the Making Sundays, Sept. 13 thru Nov. 1 from 1:00–3:00 PM Online In an 8-week online introductory course, we’ll listen to lots of opera and dive into what is involved in writing an opera libretto. (Libretto is an Italian word that means “little book,” and the person who writes the words to an opera is a librettist.) We will listen to opera and then we will write and examine the elements of the libretto. How is it different from a script? How is it different from a poem? How and when should a character sing an aria? In the final weeks of the course, a composer will set some of the lines that you write to music, so you hear how words and story work differently when we invite music to work its magic. Online Zoom Course | SOLD OUT