Those who like musicals can also enjoy opera. This course should demystify opera for the novice and be instructive for the casual operagoer. Alley Theatre actor Paul Hope, a longtime opera buff, will share his observations on this art form, describe how he became an opera lover and point out what to look for in the current Houston Grand Opera season. He will trace the development of opera though its composers, performing tradition, and staging practices. This class will be audio and video enhanced.
What operas are suitable for beginners and why? What can we expect from different operas?
The stand-and-deliver singer vs. the singing actor.
The amiable traffic cop vs. the misguided auteur.
Paul Hope is a member of the Alley Theatre's Resident Acting Company. He is a veteran of thirty-five Theatre Under the Stars productions and teaches both the history of musical theater and song performance in the Houston area.
Fall 2018 brochures are being delivered!
Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org or phone 713.666.9000.