Want to listen to an opera for the first time? Have you been listening to opera for your entire life? This course is suited for beginners and advanced opera listeners alike! This course is an introduction to German opera, focusing on giving you the tools and experiences to become better students of opera. The first week will give you a toolbox of skills to listen for specific moments and gestures in opera. The remaining weeks will focus on applying these skills to listening activities with your favorite German opera composers. At the end of the course, we will help you to carry these experiences beyond the course, encouraging you to become lifelong listeners and lovers of opera. No previous knowledge of music or opera is necessary. Join us as we embark upon this community-focused journey to explore the wonders of German opera as it touches upon the human experience!