Course Description

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.

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Section Title
Met Opera's Live in HD 2020-2021
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: This course is suitable for experienced operagoers and for those who want to learn more. The instructor will provide class members with links to summaries of each opera that contain the background, the plot, and recommended reading and listening.

An additional fee of $25 has been added to the $100 course fee to help cover the supplemental expenses for performers and special guests.