The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Courses of Study 

 

Like our Study Days, courses allow for a more detailed examination of selected areas of opera performance, style, and substance. Courses take place over a sequential multi-week period as our lecturers guide audiences through the exploration of a particular subject. To purchase a full course package, click on the course title. To purchase individual sessions, click on the session date.

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

 Upcoming courses:   

 Flavors of Puccini    

Wednesdays, October 31, November 7 & 142–3:30PM 

Presented by Jane Marsh  Flavors of Puccini, led by Jane Marsh, will take you on a tour of some of Puccini’s most iconic works. From the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the European locales of Il Trittico—with a stop in Tosca’s Rome along the way—this course, which features 11 singers, will take audiences through the vivid settings that inspired some of Puccini’s most compelling masterpieces.    

Full course registration: $72 public | $60 Guild members and students   

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

  

  

 Tuesdays January 22, 29, February 5 & 12, 2-3:30PM       

Presented by Matthew Timmermans  

Undeniably the largest and most ambitious creation in the operatic repertoire, Wagner’s Ring cycle demands more from its singers than any other work. Since the end of the 19th century, performers have surmounted these demands in a variety of different ways. In this four-part series, lecturer Matthew Timmermans will explore the different ways opera singers across multiple generations have performed the Ring throughout the past century.    

Full course registration: $96 public | $80 Guild members and students   

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

  

Wednesdays, April 17 & 24, May 8, 11AM-12:30PM    
Presented by Ira Siff     

 The Met’s 2018–19 season features some of opera’s most notorious villains and the unfortunate characters who suffer at their hands. Willful victimization is a consistent theme in operatic repertoire and provides some of the art form’s most iconic moments. Audiences have long been enthralled by the lustful Scarpia’s deadly pursuit of Tosca, Dalila’s seductive undoing of Samson, and Turandot’s callous torture of Liù. In this three-part course, Metropolitan Opera Radio commentator Ira Siff leads us on a musical journey through the hearts, minds, and music of the doers of dastardly operatic deeds.   

 Full course registration: $72 public | $60 Guild members and students   

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

 

Celebrating Greatness: The Art of Renata Tebaldi in Verdi & Verismo, and The Art of Joan Sutherland in Bel Canto 

Thursdays, May 16 & 23, 11AM-12:30PM 

  Renata Tebaldi was an Italian soprano, who has been said to have possessed one of the most beautiful voices of the 20th century. Conductor Arturo Toscanini called her "voce d'angelo" (voice of an angel). Tebaldi was trained and concentrated on roles of the late Verdi and Verismo eras, where only a minimal use of florid technique belonged to her repertoire.  

 Dame Joan Sutherland was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. She possessed a voice of great facility and power, combining extraordinary agility and a tremendous upper register. Her colleague Luciano Pavarotti once called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century".   

Join Jane Marsh as she celebrates the artistic longevity and illuminating greatness of Renata Tebaldi and Joan Sutherland who brought legendary vocal distinction and individuality to their respective areas of operatic expertise-Verdi, Verismo, and Bel Canto. 

Individual session registration: $30 public | $25 Guild members and students

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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At the Met: Score Desk: Adriana Lecouvreur
7:30 PM
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At the Met: Score Desk: Iolanta/Bluebeard
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At the Met: SD: Pelléas et Mélisande
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Sunday, January 27, 2019
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Don Giovanni Master Class
3:00 PM
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At the Met: Score Desk: Iolanta/Bluebeard
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Saturday, February 02, 2019
At the Met: Score Desk: Carmen
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At the Met: Score Desk: Don Giovanni
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At the Met: Score Desk: Don Giovanni
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La Fille du Régiment
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At the Met: SD: La Fille du Regiment
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