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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Le Nozze di Figaro
This lecture on Le Nozze di Figaro will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Sean Cooper. Tickets are $15 each.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Il Trovatore
This lecture on Il Trovatore will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Naomi Barrettara. Tickets are $15 each.
Sunday, August 28, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Otello
This lecture on Otello will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Jane Marsh. Tickets are $15 each.
Monday, August 29, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: La Fille du Régiment
This lecture on La Fille du Régiment will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Stuart Holt. Tickets are $15 each.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Lucia di Lammermoor
This lecture on Lucia di Lammermoor will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Christin Pettibone. Tickets are $15 each.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: La Cenerentola
This lecture on La Cenerentola will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Elspeth Davis. Tickets are $15 each.
Thursday, September 01, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
This lecture on Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Mark Risinger. Tickets are $15 each.
Friday, September 02, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: The Merry Widow
This lecture on The Merry Widow will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Jane Marsh. Tickets are $15 each.
Saturday, September 03, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Turandot
This lecture on Turandot will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Jane Marsh. Tickets are $15 each.
Sunday, September 04, 2016 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
This lecture on Les Pêcheurs de Perles will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Kyle Homewood. Tickets are $15 each.
Monday, September 05, 2016 5:30 PM
A Guide to Listening Part One: From Mozart's Classicism to Beethoven's Romantic Innovations
Learn about Mozart and Beethoven's different musical personalities and the background of their operatic works.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:00 AM
A Guide to Listening Part Two: Wagner and His Musical Sounds
This lecture will look at the musical and dramatic ideas that set Wagner apart as one of the most innovative forces in opera.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 2:00 PM
A Guide to Listening Part Three: A Post-Wagnerian Sound World across Europe
In this third session we will delve into the operatic landscape of Europe after Wagner.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:00 AM
A Guide to Listening Part Four: Comparing and Contrasting Musical Styles across Europe
Join lecturer Naomi Barrettara as she compares and contrasts the stylistic hallmarks of the composers covered in the previous sessions, with musical examples and discussions of compositional approach and dramatic process.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:00 PM
Wagner Study Day - Part I
Join Jane Marsh as she explores his compositional output, offering insights into the evolution of Wagner’s musical style throughout his life.
Saturday, October 01, 2016 11:00 AM
Wagner Study Day - Part II
Join Jane Marsh as she explores his compositional output, offering insights into the evolution of Wagner’s musical style throughout his life.
Saturday, October 01, 2016 2:00 PM
Opera News Presents: The Singers' Studio with Ailyn Pérez
Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll talks to the soprano about her work in the world’s great opera houses.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 6:00 PM
Orchestral Score Reading: An Introduction
This introductory course will specifically focus on reading orchestral scores, providing participants with an opportunity to explore how all the different compositional choices and musical elements of an operatic performance fit together.
Saturday, October 08, 2016 11:00 AM
Opera in Pop Culture, Part I: Opera in Literature
Join William Berger as he explores the familiar and unexpected connections between Opera and Literature.
Monday, October 10, 2016 5:30 PM
Love and Death: The Magic of Tristan und Isolde
John J. H. Muller explores this landmark score and the many musical and dramatic layers that make this opera one of the greatest masterpieces of the repertoire.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: L'Italiana in Algeri - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 5:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: L'Italiana in Algeri - Workshop and Score Desk Ticket
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop and corresponding Score-Desk ticket to a performance at the opera house.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 5:00 PM
Opera in Pop Culture, Part II: Opera in Popular Music
Join William Berger as he explores the familiar and unexpected connections between Opera and Popular Music.
Monday, October 17, 2016 5:30 PM
In Praise of Women: L'Italiana in Algeri
Join Jay Lesenger as he delves into this comedy about a young woman determined to save the day and rescue the man she loves.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:00 PM
A German Repertoire Showcase
Join Jane Marsh as she presents Bryan Glenn Davis, baritone, and Elizabeth Beers-Kataria, soprano, in this heroic repertoire.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 4:00 PM
Opera in Pop Culture, Part III: Opera in Film
Join William Berger as he explores the familiar and unexpected connections between Opera and Film.
Monday, October 24, 2016 5:30 PM
The Quest for Freedom: Rossini's Guillaume Tell
Join lecturer Victoria Bond as she discusses the crowning achievement of Rossini’s operatic career.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 5:00 PM
Exploring Mozart: Don Giovanni
Jane Marsh showcases singers Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano; Sean Cooper, bass-baritone; and Joan Krueger, pianist, while exploring Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Thursday, November 03, 2016 2:00 PM
From Page to Stage: Literature in Opera, Study Day - Part I
Join Guild lecturer Jeffrey Langford as he takes a closer look at plays, poems, and novels by authors that provided source material for operas seen during the Met’s season.
Saturday, November 05, 2016 11:00 AM
From Page to Stage: Literature in Opera, Study Day - Part II
Join Guild lecturer Jeffrey Langford as he takes a closer look at plays, poems, and novels by authors that provided source material for operas seen during the Met’s season.
Saturday, November 05, 2016 2:00 PM
Sin and Redemption: Janáček's Jenůfa
Lecturer Harlow Robinson takes a close look at the music and characters of this psychological drama.
Monday, November 07, 2016 6:00 PM
Exploring Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Jane Marsh showcases singers Laura Strickling, soprano; Branch Fields, bass; and Joan Krueger,pianist, while exploring Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Guillaume Tell - Workshop and Score Desk Ticket
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop and corresponding Score-Desk ticket to a performance at the opera house.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Guillaume Tell - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00 AM
Musical Chairs with Donald Palumbo
Join Paul Gruber as he speaks with the Met’s Chorus Master since 2007, Donald Palumbo, about his life and career.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:00 PM
Exploring Mozart: Idomeneo
Jane Marsh showcases singers Michele Sexton, soprano; Kerem Kurk, tenor; and Joan Krueger,pianist, while exploring Mozart’s Idomeneo
Thursday, November 17, 2016 2:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Manon Lescaut - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, December 03, 2016 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Manon Lescaut - Workshop and Score Desk Ticket
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop and corresponding Score-Desk ticket to a performance at the opera house.
Saturday, December 03, 2016 10:00 AM
Salome:Beyond the Dance of the Seven Veils
Desir<é>ee Mays will discuss the impact of this beautiful and dangerous femme fatale and Richard Strauss’s operatic adaptation of Wilde’s play.
Monday, December 05, 2016 6:00 PM
Of Troubadours, Knights and Courtly Love; L'Amour de Loin
Desir<é>ee Mays explores the leading characters’ “love from afar” and discusses Saariaho’s dreamlike, impressionistic score.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 6:00 PM
Nabucco and the Chorus of the People
Join Dr. Jeffrey Langford as he connects the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of Verdi’s youthful hit.
Monday, December 12, 2016 6:00 PM
Musical Passion in Roméo et Juliette
In this lecture, stage director Jay Lesenger takes audiences through the transformation from play to opera.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Roméo et Juliette - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Roméo et Juliette - Workshop and Score Desk Ticket
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop and corresponding Score-Desk ticket to a performance at the opera house.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Russian, Slavic, and French Repertoire Part One: Tchaikovsky and the Russian Romantic Musical Landscape
In this first lecture of the series we will focus on the life and musical style of Tchaikovsky, the evolution of his Eugene Onegin from Pushkin’s novel to the operatic stage.
Saturday, February 04, 2017 11:00 AM
Russian, Slavic, and French Repertoire Part Two: Czech Opera at the Turn of the Century
In this second lecture, we will focus on Dvořák’s lyrical fairy tale Rusalka and Janáček’s gripping drama Jenůfa, two works that put the Czech operatic tradition on the historical map.
Saturday, February 04, 2017 2:00 PM
Love and Longing in Rusalka
Join lecturer Naomi Barrettara as she explores the score’s musical fabric of melody, harmony, orchestral colors, and leitmotifs, as well as the work’s performance history.
Monday, February 06, 2017 6:00 PM
Musical Chairs with James Morris
Join Paul Gruber as he interviews James Morris about his life and his legendary portrayals of Wagner’s Wotan, Hans Sachs, and Dutchman, Britten’s Claggart, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s Scarpia.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 6:00 PM
Russian, Slavic, and French Repertoire Part Three: Late French Romanticism and the Belle Époque
In this third lecture, we will delve into the musical style of the period, the compositional evolution and inspiration behind these operas, and their cultural context and performance histories.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:00 AM
Russian, Slavic, and French Repertoire Part Four: French Roots in Operas of the 20th and 21st Centuries
In this final session of the series, we will get to know the life and style of these two very different composers and explore the French influences behind their works.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 2:00 PM
Opera News Presents: The Singers' Studio with Jamie Barton
The 2013 winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition chats with Opera News Digital Editor Adam Wasserman.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:00 PM
Opera News Presents: The Singers' Studio with Diana Damrau, Javier Camarena, Alexey Markov, Luca Pisaroni
Join Diana Damrau, Javier Camarena, Alexey Markov, and Luca Pisaroni as they discuss Bellini’s score with Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:00 PM
Score Reading: Aria Jukebox
This two-part score-reading study day is dedicated to exploring the music of some of this season’s greatest arias, covering a variety of styles, forms, and composers.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:00 AM
Master Class: La Traviata
Join master teacher Jane Marsh as she works with Claire coolen, soprano, and Michael-Paul Krubitzer, tenor, on the opera’s two central roles, Violetta and Alfredo.
Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:00 PM
Opera News Presents: The Singers' Studio with Sonya Yoncheva
Sonya Yoncheva joins Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll for a conversation about her fast-rising career.
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM
Musical Chairs with Thomas Hampson
Join Paul Gruber as he interviews Thomas Hampson about his storied Met career, which has spanned the works of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Britten, Berlioz, Berg, Massenet, and Bellini.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 6:00 PM
Behind the Golden Curtain: Arts and Artisans at the Met: Meet the Orchestra
In this special event, members of the Met Orchestra will provide an exclusive look at what goes on in the pit below the stage, discussing the challenges of rehearsing multiple productions at the same time and working with different conductors.
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM
Idomeneo: Mozart's First Operatic Masterpiece
Join lecturer Naomi Barrettara as she explores the historic and stylistic elements of this work.
Monday, March 13, 2017 6:00 PM
Opera News Presents: The Singers' Studio with Michael Fabiano
Opera News Digital Editor Adam Wasserman joins the tenor in conversation.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00 PM
Behind the Golden Curtain: Arts and Artisans at the Met: The Making of a New Production
Members of the company’s Music Administration and Production departments will discuss what goes into creating a new production.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:00 PM
Ode to Freedom: Beethoven's Fidelio
Join composer and conductor Victoria Bond as she explores Fidelio's musical and dramatic themes and examines this extraordinary work.
Monday, March 20, 2017 6:00 PM
Behind the Golden Curtain: Arts and Artisans at the Met: Promoting Opera in the 21st Century
Members of the Met’s Marketing and Communication departments, together with a special guest singer, will talk about the challenges of bringing opera into the digital age.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Idomeneo - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Idomeneo - Workshop and Score Desk Ticket
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop and corresponding Score-Desk ticket to a performance at the opera house.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Master Class: Eugene Onegin
Jane Marsh guides singers Vira Slywotzky, soprano, Xiaoming Tin, baritone, and Bray Wilkins, tenor, through the musical highlights of this much-loved work.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:00 PM
Poetic Tragedy: Eugene Onegin
Join Harlow Robinson as he delves into this classic tale of love, loss, and regret and illuminates the musical devices Tchaikovsky uses to express emotions and story.
Monday, April 03, 2017 6:00 PM
Opera News Presents: The Singers' Studio with Robin Ticciati
Conductor Robin Ticciati sits down for a chat with Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:00 PM
Nostaglia and the Passing of Time: Der Rosenkavalier
Tony Sheppard explores the Der Rosenkavalier within its historical context, as well as other musical and dramatic elements that have kept this masterpiece on stage for more than a century.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Eugene Onegin - Workshop and Score Desk Ticket
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop and corresponding Score-Desk ticket to a performance at the opera house.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Eugene Onegin - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 AM
A Master Class and Conversation with Patricia Racette
Patricia Racette shares her insights on the singing actor’s craft as she leads a master class with two young singers, followed by a conversation with Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 4:00 PM
Myth and Mystery: Der Fliegende Holländer
Join lecturer John J. H. Muller as he examines the musical themes and leitmotifs that represent the currents of love, passion, and redemptive faith that run through the work.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM
Verdi All-Stars, Part One

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:00 AM
Musical Chairs: Star Turns: The Best of the Guild Artists' Tributes
Paul Gruber will present rare video excerpts from these unique events, including biographies, interview segments, and performance clips, and offer a backstage view of working with these extraordinary operatic personalities.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 PM
Rediscovering Cyrano de Bergerac
Nimet Habachy explores the music, history, and background of this rarely heard opera.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM
Verdi All-Stars, Part Two

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 11:00 AM
Verdi All-Stars, Part Three

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:00 AM
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Le Nozze di Figaro
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Il Trovatore
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Otello
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: La Fille du Régiment
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Lucia di Lammermoor
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: La Cenerentola
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: The Merry Widow
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Turandot
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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
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