The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Courses of Study 

 These multiple-part courses give you a chance to take an in-depth look at specific operatic topics related to the Met's 2017-2018 season. Click on each course title to find out more about its individual sessions. 
Events are held in the Opera Learning Center, on the 6th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center. 
Upcoming courses: 
Thursdays November 2, 9, & 16, 2-3:30PM  
Presented by Jane Marsh 
Trouser roles, or "pants roles," is a theatrical term referring to the portrayal of a male character by a female performer. The trouser role is one of the great eccentricities of opera - but also one of the most intriguing. In this three-week course, Jane Marsh showcases three singers while discussing the diversity of trouser roles presented in the Met's 2017-18 season.


Wednesdays, April 18 & 25, May 2, 11AM-12:30PM  
Presented by Ira Siff 
Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano. Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni. Renata Tebaldi and Mario del Monaco. Each were consummate musicians in their own right, but when they performed together, the combined force of their star power was electric. Dynamic duos are what operatic legends are made of, leaving audiences breathless, in tears, and entranced with their musical and dramatic chemistry. But what stories are behind some of these great partnerships? What were the secret musical ingredients that combined with such legenday success? In this three-part series, Met radio commentator Ira Siff takes us on a musical journey with some of the power duos of opera to discover how they created the special connections that kept audiences wanting more.
Additional Dates Added! Join us on Tuesdays April 17, 24, and May 1 at 11AM. Click HERE to purchase all three dates at the package-only rate! 

 Celebrating Met Historic Moments 
Tuesday, May 15 & Thursday, May 17, 2PM 
Presented by Naomi Barrettara 

Join lecturer Naomi Barrettara in a celebration of the rich, diverse, and continually groundbreaking art form that is opera. This two-part series will explore significant moments from throughout Met Opera history, from famous firsts to broken records. 


Maria Callas at Ninety-Five – A Birthday Salute 
Tuesdays, May 1 & 8, 2PM 
Presented by Jane Marsh 

Internationally renowned opera star Maria Callas captivated audiences with her iconic opera performances and defined what it meant to be a diva. She was an exhilarating and controversial vocal artist. Forty years after her death, Callas remains one of the towering figures of opera. Join Jane Marsh in this two-part series as she explores Callas’ voice as well as her decidedly trend-setting artistic prowess and style.  

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