The Metropolitan Opera Guild


Study Days 
Taking place on a single day with one morning and one afternoon session, Study Days are designed to provide a more in-depth discovery of various opera-related topics. 


FULL-DAY REGISTRATION: $55 Public | $45 Guild members and students 
INDIVIDUAL SESSION REGISTRATION: $30 Public | $25 Guild members and students 
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SATURDAY NOV 23 10:30AM–12PM and 1–2:30PM  
Presented by Victoria Bond 
German-language opera appeared quite quickly after the art form’s birth in Italy. Starting with Heinrich Schütz’s adaptation of Jacopo Peri’s Dafne, the German operatic tradition would go on to include such masterpieces as Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and the enduring operas of Richard Wagner. Because of its rich musical history, Germany (as well as Austria) has one of the strongest operatic traditions in all of Europe. Composer, conductor, and lecturer Victoria Bond will dive into the long and influential history of German opera throughout Western music. 
SATURDAY DEC 7 10:30AM–12PM and 1–2:30PM  
Presented by Stuart Holt and F. Paul Driscoll 
Operas have provided inspiration for some of Broadway’s most iconic productions, including the adaptation of La Bohème into Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Rent and Madama Butterfly reimagined as the smash hit Miss Saigon. Similar in their use of vocal and instrumental music to convey plot and character development, opera and musical theater share their roots in enduring dramatic forms but ultimately diverged into two distinct arts. In this two-part Study Day, Stuart Holt, the Guild's director of school programs and community engagement, will examine the characteristics that define operas and musicals and explore the adaptation process of operas and their stories for a new audience, before leading a panel discussion with F. Paul Driscoll, Opera News editor-in-chief, in the afternoon session. 
SATURDAY FEB 8 10:30AM–12PM and 1–2:30PM 
Presented by Tanisha Mitchell

This Study Day pays tribute to the contribution of legendary black singers, including those of the African diaspora, who broke social barriers and performed at prestigious venues like the Met, La Scala, and Covent Garden. This two-part series explores black opera singers from the past to the present, including archival video clips of Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Paul Robeson, and George Shirley. Black artists from today will also be featured.


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