University of Sussex Media Release.
. The beginner's guide to opera

2 June 2000
For immediate release

For all those who don't know their arias from their Il Travatore, the University of Sussex has the answer. A part-time course on opera has been introduced by the University's Centre for Continuing Education (CCE).

The two-year certificate, which begins this autumn, involves learning about opera and its place in cultural history and examining the stormy relationship between music and words. There will also be study days at Glyndebourne Opera House.

Programme convener Julian Broughton, who is a composer and a conductor, said: "Opera may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's not elitist any more. In Italy it has always been a popular art form. We're getting a lot of interest in this from students."

The course is one of nearly 30 on offer by CCE this year. They include media studies, landscape studies, management development and creative writing. Another new certificate course this year is field geology, which will involve studying the evolution of soil types in Sussex.

The part-time courses range from certificates to degrees and post graduate diplomas. Most don't require specific qualifications. The closing date for applications for courses beginning in October is July 31. For a copy of the prospectus, contact the CCE office on 01273 678040.

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