The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Opera Boot Camp  

One of the Guild's most popular learning events, Opera Boot Camp offers newcomers and seasoned operagoers alike a friendly, entertaining, and enlightening introductory exploration through various elements of the art form. Each Opera Boot Camp is structured in four sessions, spread over two consecutive Saturdays.  


Events are held in the Opera Learning Center, on the 6th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center.  


Tickets are now on sale!  


Upcoming courses:  



Full course registration: $90 public | $82 Guild members and students 

Individual session registration: $25 public | $22 Guild members and students    




Saturdays, September 8 & 15, 10:30AM-12PM & 1-2:30PM      
Presented by Naomi Barrettara  

With the Met’s 2018–19 season opening with Saint-Saëns’s sumptuous Samson et Dalila, what better way to start our Opera Boot Camp offerings than with an introduction to French opera? In this four-part course, resident Opera Boot Camp instructor Naomi Barrettara offers both newcomers and seasoned operagoers a fun and fascinating exploration of this season’s French operatic masterpieces.  


Saturdays, February 23 & March 2, 10:30AM-12PM & 1-2:30PM   
Presented by Naomi Barrettara     

Femmes fatales appear across centuries of art, literature, film, folklore, and works for the stage. What happens when these powerful, seductive, and dangerous characters collide with the expressive potential of the operatic medium? In our winter session of Opera Boot Camp, lecturer Naomi Barrettara combines forces with journalist, author, and chief copywriter for the Goldstein Group Stephanie Pierson to explore this season’s greatest femme fatale characters and discuss the endlessly fascinating interpretive questions that come to the fore as singers and directors bring these characters to life.  


Saturdays, April 6 & 13, 10:30AM-12PM & 1-2:30PM   
Presented by Naomi Barrettara  
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sing in the Metropolitan Opera Chorus or what the practice, preparation, and rehearsal process is like for a chorus member? Are you curious about how different composers approached writing for the opera chorus and how use of the opera chorus has changed and evolved throughout music history? To enrich your knowledge of the opera chorus, lecturer Naomi Barrettara combines our traditional lecture format with special sessions featuring a guest Met chorister and an expert choral technician.  
This event is currently sold out. To be added to the Wait List, please send an email to with your name, phone number, the number of tickets you're interested in, and the class dates you'd like to attend. Should tickets become available, we will contact you directly. Please note that Wait List requests are accommodated in the order in which they were received. 


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