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 2016-2017 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.
Thursdays, March 9, 16, & 23, 6-7PM
Presented by Stuart Holt
In this series of conversations, the Guild's Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Stuart Holt, joins Metropolitan Opera musicians, artisans, and administrators for an inside look at the workings of one of the world's major performing arts institutions.
Saturday, April 1, 11AM-12:30PM & 2-3:30PM
Presented by Naomi Barrettara
The operatic art form is full of musical moments that seem to stop time. But what makes these moments so dramatically and musically affective? How can we begin to describe the unique qualities our favorite singers bring to each role? In this two-part study day, Naomi Barrettara aims to provide an in-depth exploration of these questions for opera enthusiasts and new comers alike.
Wednesdays, April 26, May 3, & 10, 11AM-12:30PM
Presented by Ira Siff
In this series, Met broadcast commentator Ira Siff will take a close look at memorable performances of the works of Verdi, featuring some of opera's greatest stars, past and present.
Thursdays, May 4, 11, & 18, 5:30-7PM
Presented by Carl Raymond
Carl Raymond, food historian and opera aficionado return to take another look at the connection between food and opera. Using operas and composers from the 2016-2017 season, he will lead us into the worlds of 18th and 19th century Italy, France, and Spain and their culinary histories. These lectures will include video and audio excerpts and as last year, audience members will be able to take home recipes representative of dishes typical of the periods and that feature in the particular operas discussed.
Mondays, May 15 & 22, 2-3:30PM
Presented by Jane Marsh
Establishing an opera career is like building a house; one starts at the foundation and designs a personal plan, leading to one’s goals. Sometimes one has to renovate the floorplan of one’s home; this can also be the case with an opera career. Join Jane Marsh in a two part series as she explores the invention and reinvention of several opera careers from the past and present.