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Online Learning courses are designed to provide distance learning opportunities to those interested in delving deeper into operatic subject matters. All online learning courses are self-paced, allowing for a flexible learning schedule. Each course features video lectures, supplemental readings, and, when applicable, score excerpts for further study. While the ability to read music is not required for these courses, it may be helpful for certain topics.   
 
The registration fee for each course is $100.00. Click here to view our current online learning offerings.  
 Course enrollment is available at any time, and content will remain available to you for 60 days from your date of registration.  
 
To fully experience our online learning courses, please make sure that JavaScript is installed and enabled on your web browser.  
Lecture videos may only be viewed while actively logged into the online platform. 
 
For questions, please contact onlinelearning@metguild.org. 
 

   

Current Online Learning Courses Include:  
 
  
This course explores the life and work of librettists including Lorenzo Da Ponte, Salvadore Cammarano, Michel Carré, Jules Barbier, Luigi Illica, and Giuseppe Giacosa. In addition to discussions of biographical and historical contexts, classroom lectures, assigned readings, and listening will focus on source materials behind operatic libretto texts. Participants will also learn about the process of adaptation and interpretation of texts within operatic frameworks, and the relationship between composers and librettists at different points in opera history.
 
Operatic Libretti and Librettists contains an introductory video and five video lectures. Supplemental readings, videos, and score excerpts are also provided.   
 
 

Featuring video lectures, supplemental readings, and score excerpts, this four-part course focuses on Wagner’s masterwork, the Ring cycle. Each session provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration of one of the cycle’s operas. Composer, conductor, and lecturer Victoria Bond will provide insight into the musical evolution of each work—from the lighter fare to leitmotifs to the rich, complex musical textures that are woven throughout this epic story of myth and magic. 

  Introduction to Score Reading     

This course teaches the fundamentals of score reading through video lectures, supplemental readings, and score excerpts. Beginning with music notation and building through score structure, you will develop the tolls to explore the intricate workings of a score and experience a new way of listening to opera.  

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Friday, December 13, 2019
At the Met: Der Rosenkavalier
7:00 PM
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Saturday, December 14, 2019
At the Met: The Queen of Spades
1:00 PM
At the Met: Le Nozze di Figaro
8:00 PM
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Sunday, December 15, 2019
At the Met: The Magic Flute
3:00 PM
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Backstage Tours
3:00 PM
At the Met: Der Rosenkavalier
7:00 PM
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Backstage Tours
3:00 PM
At the Met: The Queen of Spades
7:30 PM
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Thursday, December 19, 2019
Backstage Tours
3:00 PM
At the Met: The Magic Flute
7:30 PM
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Friday, December 20, 2019
Backstage Tours
3:00 PM
At the Met: Der Rosenkavalier
7:00 PM
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Saturday, December 21, 2019
At the Met: The Magic Flute
1:00 PM
At the Met: The Queen of Spades
8:00 PM
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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Backstage Tours
10:30 AM
Backstage Tours
1:30 PM
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Monday, December 23, 2019
Backstage Tours
3:00 PM
At the Met: Der Rosenkavalier
7:00 PM
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
At the Met: The Magic Flute
7:30 PM
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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Backstage Tours
10:30 AM
Backstage Tours
1:30 PM
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
At the Met: NYEGala starring Anna Netrebko
5:30 PM
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Wednesday, January 01, 2020
At the Met: Der Rosenkavalier
7:00 PM
2
Thursday, January 02, 2020
At the Met: The Magic Flute
1:00 PM
At the Met: Wozzeck
8:00 PM
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Friday, January 03, 2020
Backstage Tours
3:00 PM
At the Met: The Magic Flute
7:30 PM
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Saturday, January 04, 2020
Der Rosenkavalier
10:00 AM
At the Met: Der Rosenkavalier
12:00 PM
At the Met: The Magic Flute
8:00 PM