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Musical Chairs: Diana Soviero
Met audiences first got to hear this lyric soprano as Gounod's Juliette, but it would be her interpretations of the verismo repertoire that would become her Met calling cards
Monday, April 27, 2015 6:00 PM
A Love Denied: Un Ballo in Maschera
Dr. Jeffrey Langford brings his expertise of Italian and Romantic opera to an exploration of Verdi's lush musical landscape and the censorship that shaped the creation of Un Ballo in Maschera.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 PM
Romance Personified: The Women of Massenet
Massenet fills the vocal lines of his leading female characters with complex, elegant, and luscious music.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:00 AM
The Whole World in Her Hands: The Story of Marian Anderson
Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s groundbreaking Met debut with a special screening of the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s probing 75-minute documentary about this great artist.
Monday, May 04, 2015 6:00 PM
Lyricism and Innovation: The Women of Strauss
Strauss excelled in both the romantic, melodic style of the past and in modern experimentation and harmony.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 11:00 AM
Opera on the Airwaves: Insights from the Radio Team
Mr. Berger, a member of the broadcast team, brings his colleagues to the Guild for a lively discussion of the popular radio programs, exploring how broadcasters prepare in advance and how they make the performances come alive for listeners around the world.
Thursday, May 07, 2015 5:30 PM
The Conductor's Point of View - Conductor and the Singer
Maestro Gary Thor Wedow returns to continue the discussion of the conductor's point of view in this two-part series.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:00 PM
Lights! Camera! Action!—Opera on the Big Screen
Live in HD producers join us to discuss the complex preparations and technical processes involved in bringing an opera performance to screens around the world in real time, and to look at the artistic and musical considerations that guide their decisions.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 5:30 PM
The Conductor's Point of View - Conductor and the Orchestra
Maestro Gary Thor Wedow returns to continue the discussion of the conductor's point of view in this two-part series.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:00 PM
Wagner: Beyond the Ring - Influence of the Italian School
Join Jane Marsh as she dives into the ins and outs of Wagner's compositional and philosophical transitions, as well as the multi-layered accomplishments of his life.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 2:00 PM
Wagner: Beyond the Ring - Innovations in Musical Drama
Join Jane Marsh as she dives into the ins and outs of Wagner's compositional and philosophical transitions, as well as the multi-layered accomplishments of his life.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 2:00 PM
The Musical Language of Magic and Enchantment: Witches, Sorcery, and Devils
Join us as we explore how different composers crafted the musical language of opera's favorite fantastical locations, magical events, and supernatural beings!
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 2:00 PM
The Musical Language of Magic and Enchantment: Mythological Creatures and Supernatural Beings
Join us as we explore how different composers crafted the musical language of opera's favorite fantastical locations, magical events, and supernatural beings!
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 2:00 PM
Unknown Masterworks - Cendrillon
In this first installment of our Unknown Masterworks series, Director of School Programs and Community Engagement Stuart Holt explores this piece and a score that is as appealing and dreamily expressive as anything Massenet ever composed.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 2:00 PM
Unknown Masterworks - Zeitoper: Hindemith, Krenek, & Weill in the Weimar Era
In the second installment of our Unknown Masterworks series, Guild Lecturer Naomi Barrettara will explore the historical and musical elements of Zeitoper’s most interesting and enduring works, including Hindemith’s Neues vom Tage, Cardillac, and Krenek’s Johnny Spielt Auf.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 2:00 PM
Unknown Masterworks - Tchaikovsky: Orleanskaya Deva (Joan of Arc)
In the final installment of our Unknown Masterworks series, Guild Lecturer Jane Marsh explores the three literary sources, predominately Schiller’s “Maid of Orleans,” that Tchaikovsky documents in this legendary story with plush choruses and extraordinarily beautiful solo writing.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 2:00 PM
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