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OPERA America: 2009-10 Online Learning Program Begins 10/20 with Puccini's LA BOHEME

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, opens its 2009-2010 Online Learning season on October 20 with Puccini's La bohème and continues in April with Wagner's Ring Cycle. Online Learning is presented in partnership with six professional companies from across the United States: Arizona Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Los Angeles Opera, Portland Opera and Virginia Opera.

Online Learning contains a wealth of information about each opera and appeals to both opera lovers and those new to the art form. These multimedia online courses offer an opportunity to explore the many dimensions of opera - literature, music, visual art - as well as learn more about the artists who make a night at the opera truly unforgettable. Each course covers topics such as the world of the composer, the opera's source materials and music analysis, through written lectures, audio samples, photos and interviews. An interactive bulletin board feature allows discussion between participants and the instructor. Links to course materials are e-mailed to participants each week, allowing them to explore the resources at their own pace.

"Introducing opera to a broader audience is among OPERA America's core goals," stated Marc A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. "Online Learning provides valuable information about each opera's background, historical context and creator's intent, all of which help enrich the opera experience. Longtime opera lovers, as well as newcomers to the art form, will discover a greater appreciation for opera through this increased knowledge," Mr. Scorca continued.

A recent participant called OPERA America's Online Learning "...a very well-conceived initiative, innovative and to be entirely applauded."

Each partner company offers the courses to its patrons at no charge. Online Learning courses are available to the general public for $10 each and are free to OPERA America members.

Visit www.operaamerica.org/onlinelearning for more information and to register.



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