Feel like you don’t know much about opera? Maybe you have a negative feeling about it? Discover the important and rich history of opera from its beginnings around 1600 to the present. You will learn about the composers, the stories, the music and the many changes and developments along the way. We will plan optional “field trips” at group discount rates to see Opera Philadelphia productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s La bohème, plus one in the MET opera cinema broadcast series: Wagner’s Die Walküre. There will be special emphasis on preparing participants to under-stand and appreciate these operas before seeing them, and then time for reflection and discussion afterwards.