The Metropolitan Opera Guild

  

Study Days 
 
 

 

Study Days are designed to provide a more in-depth discovery of various opera-related topics. Taking place on a single day with one morning and one afternoon session, Study Days provide the opportunity to explore the world of opera in tighter focus. All Study Days will occur live and in-person in the Guild’s Opera Learning Center. 
 
Full Day Registration: $55 Public | $45 Guild members and students 
Tickets per session: $30 Public | $25 Guild members and students 
 
SAT OCT 16 10:30AM-12PM and 1-2:30PM Jane Marsh 
The father of the grand opera style, Giacomo Meyerbeer, mixed his native German orchestral elements with the established Italian vocal tradition all while presenting at the Paris Opera, renowned for its superior technology. International composers were enticed to offer their grand opera works in Paris as well. Verdi’s Don Carlos, in its original French language, divided into five acts, is a prime example of elements of this genre: The dramatic scenic-focus combines grandeur of French and Spanish history, while asking for political and religious ceremony. Jane Marsh discusses the history of this 19th Century style and the composers and works influenced by it. 
 
SAT NOV 13 10:30AM-12PM and 1-2:30PM Desirée Mays 
What 'openings' does Wagner's great opera elicit in us, his 21st century audiences? Join lecturer Desirée Mays as she explores the opera in terms of openings: from the music and characters; to Wagner's attraction to Medieval Song Contests; to his creativity and dramatic personal life, and even his influence on the young King Ludwig, whose own passion resulted in the building of exquisite "Wagnerian" castles. 
 
SAT FEB 26 10:30AM-12PM and 1-2:30PM Harlow Robinson 
Boris Godunov and Eugene Onegin, both performing this season at the Metropolitan Opera, 
 exemplify some of the greatest Russian operas of the 19th Century. Although Mussagorsky and Tchaikovsky were born only a year apart, their works in two separate spheres embody a deep divide in Russian schools of composition: a reliance on traditional Russian compositional styles, as opposed to westernization. In this Study Day, Guild lecturer Harlow Robinson will explore these two different schools of Russian classical music, and why both of these continue to be celebrated by opera audiences today. 
 
SAT MAY 7 10:30AM-12PM and 1-2:30PM Mark Pottinger 
Lucia di Lammermoor is arguably one of the most popular Italian bel canto operas in the repertoire today. But why? What does this opera have that others do not? Although the opera premiered in 1835, why is it still popular and inspiring new productions and introducing audiences worldwide to the sound world of a young woman who has gone mad? In this Study Day, Dr. Mark Pottinger will discuss answers to these questions by exploring nineteenth-century notions of murder, madness, and the supernatural, as well as more musically-centered concepts such as vocal virtuosity, instrumentation, and the general sonic environment of Donizetti in his most serious and tragic of musical offerings to the public. 
 
 
  

 

 

 

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