Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Inside Opera: Why Does It Matter?

King's College London and Royal Opera House

This online course explored the world of opera, from its huge variety of music to its history and often controversial relationship to politics and society, to opera’s continued relevance in the 21st century.

4 weeks, 2 hours per week

Dr Flora Willson

Lecturer in Music

King's College London


Learning outcomes

  • Describe opera and its main musical and dramatic features
  • Discuss how opera has changed with the world around the opera house
  • Explore the major roles involved in staging an opera, both in the past and today
  • Reflect on opera’s changing role in culture and society during its four-century history
  • Explore how new technologies have altered the way audiences experience opera
  • Discuss what opera has to offer in the 21st century


  • What is opera?
  • What happens onstage?
  • What goes on backstage?
  • How is opera embedded in the world beyond the opera house?

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Inside Opera: Why Does It Matter?

King's College London