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Summer HD Festival Lecture: Macbeth
This lecture on Macbeth will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Met Opera Guild Artistic & Program Consultant, Jane Marsh. Tickets are $15 each.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
This lecture on Les Contes d'Hoffmann will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Elspeth Davis. Tickets are $15 each.
Monday, August 31, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle
This lecture on Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Met Opera Guild Artistic & Program Consultant, Naomi Barrettara. Tickets are $15 each.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Così fan tutte
This lecture on Così fan tutte will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Mark Risinger. Tickets are $15 each.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Il Trittico
This lecture on Il Trittico will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Kyle Homewood. Tickets are $15 each.
Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Roméo et Juliette
This lecture on Roméo et Juliette will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Rebecca Sullivan. Tickets are $15 each.
Friday, September 04, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: La Traviata
This lecture on La Traviata will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Victoria Bond. Tickets are $15 each.
Saturday, September 05, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Don Giovanni
This lecture on Don Giovanni will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Met Opera Guild Artistic & Program Consultant Naomi Barrettara. Tickets are $15 each.
Sunday, September 06, 2015 5:30 PM
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Aida
This lecture on Aida will take place from 5:30-6:30pm and will be presented by Met Opera Guild Artistic & Program Consultant Jane Marsh. Tickets are $15 each.
Monday, September 07, 2015 5:30 PM
Score Reading: An Introduction
Gain an overview of basic score reading skills for newcomers, or join as a review for Crash Course regulars.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 11:00 AM
Italian Masterpieces Part 1: Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti
In the early decades of the 19th century, the works of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini dominated the opera stage in Italy. In this first session of Opera Boot Camp, we will take a close look at this trio of great bel canto composers.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 11:00 AM
Italian Masterpieces Part 2: Verdi
Verdi—like many other rising artists—suffered quite a few bumps in his early career. Examining his life and works, this session will give you an inside look at the man behind the music.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:00 PM
Italian Masterpieces Part 3: Mascagni and Leoncavallo
This session will delve into the lives and works of these two groundbreaking artists.
Saturday, October 03, 2015 11:00 AM
Italian Masterpieces Part 4: Puccini
This session will explore the musical career and personal life of one of opera’s most successful figures.
Saturday, October 03, 2015 2:00 PM
Musical Chairs: Deborah Voigt
Since making her Met debut in 1991, the beloved soprano has dominated the Strauss and Wagner repertoire, with frequent forays into Verdi, Puccini, and Berlioz.
Monday, October 05, 2015 6:00 PM
Love and Jealousy: Otello
Music historian Dr. Jeffrey Langford explores the various ways in which Verdi transformed the original play for the operatic stage—both through dramatic excision and musical expansion.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 6:00 PM
Desperate Passion: Manon Lescaut
Jane Marsh looks at Puccini’s life, his operas, and his heroines, joined by a lineup of rising young singers.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:00 PM
Musical Chairs: Jessye Norman
One of the world’s most celebrated singers, Jessye Norman has conquered a repertory that includes the operas of Strauss, Wagner, Berlioz, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Schoenberg, as well as a vast variety of songs.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 6:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Otello Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Otello 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 17, 2015 10:00 AM
The Music and Myth of Tannhäuser
Join music historian and Wagner expert John J. H. Muller as he discusses the rich romantic musical language in this landmark opera.
Monday, October 19, 2015 5:30 PM
The Poetry of Small Things: La Bohème
Jane Marsh looks at Puccini’s life, his operas, and his heroines, joined by a lineup of rising young singers.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 2:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Tannhäuser Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 5:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Tannhäuser 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 24, 2015 5:00 PM
Winning Love in Turandot
Dr. Jeffrey Langford delves into some of the challenges the composer mastered while setting an epic, occasionally gruesome fairy tale to music.
Monday, October 26, 2015 6:00 PM
Opera News presents The Singers' Studio: Olga Peretyako
Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll chats with the singer about her work on stage and in the recording studio.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6:00 PM
Historical Verismo: Tosca and Madama Butterfly
Jane Marsh looks at Puccini’s life, his operas, and his heroines, joined by a lineup of rising young singers.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 2:00 PM
Elektra: Complex Musical Psychology
Explore the ancient Greek myth that inspired Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s libretto and learn how Strauss used harmonic and melodic elements to develop the psychology of the opera’s tragic heroine.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:30 PM
Verismo and Historical Authenticity: Tosca
Join lecturer Jane Marsh as she discusses aspects of Italian, French, and Austrian history during the period in which Puccini’s opera is set.
Monday, November 02, 2015 6:00 PM
Myth and Exoticism: Turandot
Jane Marsh looks at Puccini’s life, his operas, and his heroines, joined by a lineup of rising young singers.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 2:00 PM
Lulu: Melodic Line as Character
Learn about what to listen for in the musical leitmotifs associated with individual characters, settings, and emotional themes in this groundbreaking masterwork.
Thursday, November 05, 2015 5:30 PM
Verdi and Victor Hugo: A Rigoletto Master Class
Join Jane Marsh as she guides two singers through the steps of vocally creating their characters in one of the composer’s most popular masterpieces.
Sunday, November 08, 2015 4:00 PM
20th-Century Opera: A Culminating Vocal Showcase
Maestro Osgood guides singers as they perform excerpts from Elektra and Lulu.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:30 PM
Musical Chairs: Grace Bumbry
A leading artist at the Met for more than 30 years, this dynamic singer has crossed vocal boundaries and given memorable performances of both soprano and mezzosoprano roles.
Monday, November 16, 2015 6:00 PM
Love, Obsession, and Death: Lulu
Dr. W. Anthony Sheppard brings his operatic expertise to this exploration of Lulu’s characters and its revolutionary score.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:30 AM
Timeless Tragedy: Rigoletto
Join lecturer Nimet Habachy as she delves deeper into the tragic story of the hunchbacked jester, his innocent daughter, and the lecherous Duke.
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 6:00 PM
Opera News presents The Singers' Studio: Piotr Beczala
Opera News Digital Editor Adam Wasserman speaks with tenor Piotr Beczala about his career.
Thursday, December 03, 2015 6:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: La Bohème 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 12, 2015 5:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: La Bohème Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 5:00 PM
Exploring the Waltz King: Die Fledermaus
Jane Marsh provides an inside view of the composer’s most popular dramatic creation, Die Fledermaus.
Monday, December 14, 2015 6:00 PM
Opera News presents The Singers' Studio: Paulo Szot
Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll talks with baritone Paulo Szot about current and upcoming roles.
Monday, January 11, 2016 6:00 PM
Desire and Deception: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Dr. Harlow Robinson explores the passionate and lyrical music that has made this rarely staged opera impossible to forget.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Les Pêcheurs de Perles - 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 16, 2016 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Les Pêcheurs de Perles Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, January 16, 2016 10:00 AM
Verismo Study Day Part One
Join William Berger as he discusses the defining elements of the verismo style and its lasting popularity.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 11:00 AM
Verismo Study Day Part Two
Join William Berger as he discusses the defining elements of the verismo style and its lasting popularity.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 2:00 PM
Gypsy's Revenge: Il Trovatore
In this lecture, Dr. Harlow Robinson follows the notorious twists and turns of the opera’s plot and discusses its brilliant and haunting music.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 6:00 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, February 06, 2016 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci 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, February 06, 2016 10:00 AM
Opera News presents The Singers' Studio: Roberto Alagna
Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll joins tenor Roberto Alagna in conversation.
Monday, February 08, 2016 6:00 PM
Score Reading: Great Arias
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 20, 2016 11:00 AM
Musical Chairs: Lucine Amara
In the Met’s 130-year history, only five sopranos have sung more performances than this remarkable artist.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 6:00 PM
Tudor Queens: Anna Bolena
Jane Marsh discusses Donizetti’s seven-year trajectory through the completion of Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux, and how it affected his approach to creating these showpiece solos for his heroines.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 5:30 PM
Bel Canto Study Day: Donizetti - Part One
In this two-part study day, Jane Marsh offers in-depth insight into Donizetti’s most enduringly popular comic operas, L’Elisir d’Amore and Don Pasquale, as well as the significance of both works in the composer’s creative output and the bel canto period in general.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 11:00 AM
Bel Canto Study Day: Donizetti - Part Two
In this two-part study day, Jane Marsh offers in-depth insight into Donizetti’s most enduringly popular comic operas, L’Elisir d’Amore and Don Pasquale, as well as the significance of both works in the composer’s creative output and the bel canto period in general.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:00 PM
Desperate Passion in Manon Lescaut
Join Nimet Habachy as she examines the motivations of the complex title character and her tragic fate.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016 6:00 PM
Tudor Queens: Maria Stuarda
Jane Marsh discusses Donizetti’s seven-year trajectory through the completion of Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux, and how it affected his approach to creating these showpiece solos for his heroines.
Thursday, March 03, 2016 5:30 PM
Opera News presents The Singers' Studio: Javier Camarena
Tenor Javier Camarena discusses his fastpaced career with Opera News Senior Editor Louise T. Guinther.
Monday, March 07, 2016 6:00 PM
Tudor Queens: Roberto Devereux
Jane Marsh discusses Donizetti’s seven-year trajectory through the completion of Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux, and how it affected his approach to creating these showpiece solos for his heroines.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 5:30 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Don Pasquale 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 12, 2016 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Don Pasquale Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:00 AM
The Art of Comedy: A Master Class on Comic Scenes
Stage director and teacher Jay Lesenger leads this master class on the challenges and subtleties of making audiences laugh and helps young singers work toward mastering their comedic skills.
Sunday, March 20, 2016 4:00 PM
Tudor History: Roberto Devereux
Desirée Mays discusses the complex relationships of the central characters of this opera.
Monday, March 28, 2016 6:00 PM
The Tragedy of Madama Butterfly
Join Desirée Mays as she investigates the source material that inspired the composer and his librettists.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 6:00 PM
Musical Exoticism Part 1: What Is Exoticism?
This introductory lecture will investigate various ways of looking at exoticism and how these approaches can be applied to opera. It will also provide a survey of the elements, techniques, and tropes associated with exoticism in western music.
Saturday, April 02, 2016 11:00 AM
Musical Exoticism Part 2: Mozart and the alla turca Style
In this session, we will explore the history and evolution of the “Turkish style” that Mozart tapped into and its prevalence in 18th-century Vienna.
Saturday, April 02, 2016 2:00 PM
Love and Politics in Simon Boccanegra
Join John J. H. Muller as he explores how this opera—seen this season with James Levine conducting Plácido Domingo in the title role—evolved over time.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 6:00 PM
Musical Exoticism Part 3: Bizet and the Allure of the Uknown
This session will examine the allure of the unknown in 19th-century Paris, specifically focusing on Bizet’s choice of locales and his depiction of foreign lands and cultures in rich musical tapestries that weave together French romanticism and local color.
Saturday, April 09, 2016 11:00 AM
Musical Exoticism Part 4: Puccini and the Far East
In this last lecture of the series, we will investigate the fascinating history behind the compositional process in Turandot and Madama Butterfly.
Saturday, April 09, 2016 2:00 PM
Divas and Dinner: From Rome to Paris
In this session, we’ll delve into the Roman cuisine of Tosca and explore the rise of the café and restaurant scene in bohemian Paris, with notes on the real-life Café Momus, the setting of the second act of La Bohème.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:30 PM
Elektra: Myth and Vengeance
William Berger examines this landmark work, which incorporates an extraordinary range of musical expression, reflecting the heightened emotions of its mythological characters.
Monday, April 18, 2016 6:00 PM
Divas and Dinner: The Cuisine of Venice and the Mediterranean
This session takes us to the settings of Verdi’s Otello and Simon Boccanegra, traveling from the spice-rich world of Venice to Cyprus and back to Genoa.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:30 PM
Memories from the Golden Horseshoe Part 1
Met broadcast commentator Ira Siff takes us on a tour of his first years of opera-going during the five final seasons at the old Met on Broadway and 39th Street, from 1961 to 1966.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:00 AM
Divas and Dinner: Dining with the Queen
In this final session, we will discuss the feasts and ceremonial dinners—as well as the more quotidian fare—of the Tudor era, which provides the setting of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 5:30 PM
Memories from the Golden Horseshoe Part 2
Met broadcast commentator Ira Siff takes us on a tour of his first years of opera-going during the five final seasons at the old Met on Broadway and 39th Street, from 1961 to 1966.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:00 AM
Mozart and Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Join lecturer Naomi Barrettara as she examines the many historical and musical layers of the opera that marks an important turning point in the composer’s life and output.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:00 PM
Opera News presents The Singers' Studio: Bryan Hymel
Tenor Bryan Hymel sits down for a talk with Opera News Digital Editor Adam Wasserman.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:00 PM
Innovation, Competition, and Comparison: A Mozart-Salieri Showcase
Contrasting their innovative works and styles, Jane Marsh showcases three singers in excerpts from both composers’ operas, including those featured in the Met’s 2015–16 Mozart repertoire.
Sunday, May 01, 2016 4:00 PM
Memories from the Golden Horseshoe Part 3
Met broadcast commentator Ira Siff takes us on a tour of his first years of opera-going during the five final seasons at the old Met on Broadway and 39th Street, from 1961 to 1966.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 11:00 AM
Musical Chairs: Jane Marsh 50th Anniversary Celebration
The first singer to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition, Jane Marsh has performed in many of the leading opera houses around the world and appeared on numerous recordings as well as TV and radio shows.
Sunday, May 15, 2016 4:00 PM
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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Macbeth
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle
5:30 PM
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Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Così fan tutte
5:30 PM
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Thursday, September 03, 2015
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Il Trittico
5:30 PM
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Friday, September 04, 2015
Summer HD Festival Lecture: Roméo et Juliette
5:30 PM
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Saturday, September 05, 2015
Summer HD Festival Lecture: La Traviata
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