World of Opera: Listening and Learning

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Wednesday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person  

This workshop aims to touch the entire world of opera: from its early beginnings in the 16th C. to the modern day. We will learn about and listen to the music of the historic opera repertoire, the most beautiful music in the world, and view exciting performances on stage by the most enthralling voices. There will be presentations around individual composers, opera history, periods of opera, famous singers through the ages and much more. You may be a real enthusiast or a complete neophyte… this workshop will appeal to and engage everyone.

Participants will be expected to prepare and deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on the topic of their choice. Technical help will be available to those who may need assistance with sound or visual content in their presentation.


Bill Krangle ( is an amateur musician playing principal clarinet in the North York Concert Orchestra (NYCO) as well as Concert Master in the Encore Symphonic Band. He has had a life-long interest in classical music, jazz, and opera and has given lectures on opera at the Avenue Road Arts School and at Canadian Friends of Glimmerglass (CFOG).

Jeff Biteen ( is a retired Human Resources executive with a wide-ranging taste in music. He is a blues buff and has been a member of the Jazz Appreciation workshop for seven years. He previously co-facilitated the Makers of the French Revolution and Europe Between the Wars workshops.