The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Continuing Opera Education 

 Continuing Opera Education classes (CoEd) at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Are designed to provide life-long learning opportunities for those interested in delving deeper into subject matter in a college-classroom-style setting. CoEd courses include reading assignments between lectures in preparation for classroom discussion. 
Individual session tickets are available for purchase by clicking on each date listed below. To purchase an entire course at a discounted package rate, please click on the course title. 
Events are held in the Opera Learning Center, on the 6th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center. 
Upcoming Continuing Opera Education classes: 
Tuesdays, January 23 & 30, February 6 & 13, 6:30-8PM  
Presented by Naomi Barrettara 
This course explores the life and work of librettists represented in the Met season, 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.
Thursdays April 5, 12, & 19, 6:30-8PM  
Presented by Victoria Bond 
This course focuses on how different composers represented in the Met season utilized the instruments in the operatic orchestra, specifically examining individual musical styles, compositional strategies, and the unique treatment of instrument timbres in weaving together an orchestral fabric of sound. In addition to the exploration of orchestration in specific operatic examples, classroom lectures, assigned reading and listening exercises will provide historical context for the growth of the orchestra and give students tools and experience in listening for different insturmental timbres and functions within the dramatic musical structures.


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