Join us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that the Metropolitan Opera will present in its "Live in HD" program during the 2020-2021 season. Using PowerPoint, YouTube clips, and DVDs, we will learn about the composers and historical backgrounds of different operas, the singers who have sung and will sing each role, and variations in productions. The operas we will watch are Verdi's "Aida," "Il Trovatore," and "Nabucco"; Beethoven's "Fidelio"; Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" and "Don Giovanni"; Charles Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette"; Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking"; and Strauss's "Die Frau ohne Schatten." Special guests will include Ira Siff, the commentator for the Metropolitan Opera Saturday broadcasts (a two-part lecture on "magical mezzos" on Sunday, October 11, 2020), and NC Opera chorus master Scott MacLeod interviewing baritone Michael Mayes, who has sung in "Dead Man Walking." | Lecture + Q&A; Interview; Viewing videos.