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Score Reading Crash Course: Idomeneo - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Idomeneo - 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 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Master Class: Eugene Onegin
Jane Marsh guides singers Vira Slywotzky, soprano, Xiaoming Tian, baritone, and Bray Wilkins, tenor, through the musical highlights of this much-loved work.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:00 PM
Comparing and Contrasting Great Interpretations Part 1: Italian Show Stoppers and the Divas that Sing Them
The Italian repertoire of the romantic era boasts some of the greatest and most beloved show stopping moments in opera history. In the first half we will focus on a selection of arias by Rossini, Bellini, and Puccini, discussing the musical and dramatic challenges of each aria, through interpretations by past and present opera divas.
Saturday, April 01, 2017 11:00 AM
Comparing and Contrasting Great Interpretations Part 2: Seducing the Audience in French Romantic Repertoire
The sumptuous musical and harmonic style of French opera has given rise to some of the most sultry and seductive arias. In the second half, we turn our attention to some of the most beloved arias by Gounod, Massenet, Bizet, and explore the masterful artistry and unique sound that opera’s greatest stars have brought to their interpretations.
Saturday, April 01, 2017 2:00 PM
Poetic Tragedy: Eugene Onegin
Join Harlow Robinson as he delves into this classic tale of love, loss, and regret and illuminates the musical devices Tchaikovsky uses to express emotions and story.
Monday, April 03, 2017 6:00 PM
Opera News Presents: The Singers' Studio with Robin Ticciati
Conductor Robin Ticciati sits down for a chat with Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:00 PM
Nostaglia and the Passing of Time: Der Rosenkavalier
Tony Sheppard explores the Der Rosenkavalier within its historical context, as well as other musical and dramatic elements that have kept this masterpiece on stage for more than a century.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Score Reading Crash Course: Eugene Onegin - Workshop Only
Explore the basics of reading a score through this Crash Course workshop.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Score Reading Crash Course: Eugene Onegin - 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, April 22, 2017 10:00 AM
A Master Class and Conversation with Patricia Racette
Patricia Racette shares her insights on the singing actor’s craft as she leads a master class with two young singers, followed by a conversation with Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 4:00 PM
Myth and Mystery: Der Fliegende Holländer
Join lecturer John J. H. Muller as he examines the musical themes and leitmotifs that represent the currents of love, passion, and redemptive faith that run through the work.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:00 PM
Verdi All-Stars, Part One

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:00 AM
Musical Chairs: Star Turns: The Best of the Guild Artists' Tributes
Paul Gruber will present rare video excerpts from these unique events, including biographies, interview segments, and performance clips, and offer a backstage view of working with these extraordinary operatic personalities.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00 PM
Rediscovering Cyrano de Bergerac
Nimet Habachy explores the music, history, and background of this rarely heard opera.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 6:00 PM
Verdi All-Stars, Part Two

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 11:00 AM
Divas and Dinner Part 1: The Gastronomic Rossini
Biographers and reminiscences by those who knew Gioacchino Rossini often noted the composer’s great love of food. His characters sing well, eat well and in the world of early 19th century Italy the two passions were virtually inseparable. In this talk, we’ll look at some of Rossini’s most famous references to food in operas such as La Cenerentola, Il Viaggio a Reims, and Il Barbiere di Sivilia and other compositions as well as discuss some of the composer’s own favorite dishes.
Thursday, May 04, 2017 5:30 PM
Verdi All-Stars, Part Three

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Divas and Dinner Part 2: Dining with the Courtesans
Many opera aficionados know the tale of Marie Duplessis the real life courtesan who served as the inspiration for “La Dame aux Camellias” by Dumas fils and who in turn became the inspiration for Verdi’s consumptive heroine. The Paris of the original story is a glittering city of the 1830’s and 40’s fueled by the French love of the new pastime, dining in public and hosting grand entertainments in their sumptuous bourgeois townhouses. In this talk, we’ll take a look at dining and entertaining in the world of the seductive demi-monde while also exploring the grand scenes from Verdi’s opera La Traviata.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:30 PM
Inventing and Reinventing an Operatic Career Part 1: The Invention
“A singer needs the voice, but a voice also needs the singer.” These are shrewd words for a singer beginning to build his or her career, as it is much more than just the voice. To invent a career, a singer must also hold an understanding of the ultimate longevity of his or her individual voice category. In part one, Jane Marsh explores some of the needed components that defined the beginning careers of some of opera’s famous artists.
Monday, May 15, 2017 2:00 PM
Divas and Dinner Part 3: From Don Giovanni to Don Jose
From the elegant world of Don Giovanni’s 18th century Spain to the rougher life in Don Jose’s Seville, Spanish food reflects the rich and tumultuous history of the land itself. Seville with its Moorish influence plays a central role in both Don Giovanni as well as Carmen and we’ll take a look at Seville’s own culinary contributions and history in the overall world of Spanish cuisine. From the role of bitter Seville oranges to the potent manzanilla Carmen sings of, this talk will discuss food and drink that appears in each opera and how it fits into the long and rich history of Spanish cuisine.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:30 PM
Inventing and Reinventing an Operatic Career Part 2: The Reinvention
How does a mature opera singer create a new and unique extension to his or her existing career, while also defying limiting attitudes-particularly approaching or involved in middle age? Whether it is personal circumstances or vocal conditions, the final goal is to ensure the longest and most highly competent vocal life. In part two, Jane Marsh investigates the reinventing steps of some of operas most recognized careers.
Monday, May 22, 2017 2:00 PM
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Friday, March 24, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Fidelio
7:30 PM
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Backstage Tour
10:30 AM
Backstage Tour
1:30 PM
Master Class: Eugene Onegin
4:00 PM
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Monday, March 27, 2017
At the Met: Aida
7:30 PM
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
At the Met: Fidelio
7:30 PM
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: La Traviata
7:30 PM
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
At the Met: Eugene Onegin
7:30 PM
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Friday, March 31, 2017
At the Met: Aida
7:30 PM
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Sunday, April 02, 2017
Backstage Tour
10:30 AM
Backstage Tour
1:30 PM
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Monday, April 03, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
Poetic Tragedy: Eugene Onegin
6:00 PM
At the Met: Eugene Onegin
7:30 PM
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Backstage Tour
3:00 PM
At the Met: Fidelio
7:30 PM
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
At the Met: Aida
7:30 PM
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Friday, April 07, 2017
At the Met: Eugene Onegin
8:00 PM
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Saturday, April 08, 2017
At the Met: La Traviata
1:00 PM
At the Met: Fidelio
8:00 PM