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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
Comparing and Contrasting Great Interpretations Part 1: Italian Show Stoppers and the Divas that Sing Them
The Italian repertoire of the romantic era boasts some of the greatest and most beloved show stopping moments in opera history. In the first half we will focus on a selection of arias by Rossini, Bellini, and Puccini, discussing the musical and dramatic challenges of each aria, through interpretations by past and present opera divas.
Saturday, April 01, 2017 11:00 AM
Comparing and Contrasting Great Interpretations Part 2: Seducing the Audience in French Romantic Repertoire
The sumptuous musical and harmonic style of French opera has given rise to some of the most sultry and seductive arias. In the second half, we turn our attention to some of the most beloved arias by Gounod, Massenet, Bizet, and explore the masterful artistry and unique sound that opera’s greatest stars have brought to their interpretations.
Saturday, April 01, 2017 2:00 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 Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 AM
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
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
Inventing and Reinventing an Operatic Career Part 1: The Invention
“A singer needs the voice, but a voice also needs the singer.” These are shrewd words for a singer beginning to build his or her career, as it is much more than just the voice. To invent a career, a singer must also hold an understanding of the ultimate longevity of his or her individual voice category. In part one, Jane Marsh explores some of the needed components that defined the beginning careers of some of opera’s famous artists.
Monday, May 15, 2017 2:00 PM
Inventing and Reinventing an Operatic Career Part 2: The Reinvention
How does a mature opera singer create a new and unique extension to his or her existing career, while also defying limiting attitudes-particularly approaching or involved in middle age? Whether it is personal circumstances or vocal conditions, the final goal is to ensure the longest and most highly competent vocal life. In part two, Jane Marsh investigates the reinventing steps of some of operas most recognized careers.
Monday, May 22, 2017 2:00 PM
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Friday, January 20, 2017
At the Met: Rigoletto
7:30 PM
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Backstage Tour
10:30 AM
Backstage Tour
1:30 PM
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Carmen
7:30 PM
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
7:30 PM
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Romeo et Juliette
7:30 PM
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Rigoletto
7:30 PM
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Carmen
7:30 PM
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Saturday, January 28, 2017
At the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
1:00 PM
At the Met: Romeo et Juliette
8:00 PM
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Backstage Tour
10:30 AM
Backstage Tour
1:30 PM
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Monday, January 30, 2017
At the Met: Rigoletto
7:30 PM
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Carmen
7:30 PM
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
At the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
7:30 PM
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Thursday, February 02, 2017
At the Met: Rusalka
8:00 PM
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Friday, February 03, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Carmen
8:00 PM
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