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for Opera Based Learning

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High School +

This page contains lessons and/or activities that are appropriate for students grades 9 and older.  Opera content is intended for a mature audience. New content will be added regularly, so check back and explore some of our other categories by clicking on any of the buttons below. 

Early Childhood +

Learning activities are appropriate for pre-school and older. Opera content appropriate for all family members.

Elementary +

Learning activities are appropriate for early readers/writers and older. Opera content appropriate for all family members.

Middle School +

Learning activities are appropriate for students grades 6 and older. Some opera content may not be appropriate for young family members.

High School +

Learning activities are appropriate for students grades 9 and older. Opera content is intended for a mature audience.

Creative Play

Indicates a lesson or activity that encourages creativity and/or creative play.

Learning Series

Indicates a series of lessons or activities on a related subject and/or skill. 

New/Beginner

Indicates a lesson or activity intended for those new to opera and/or opera-based learning.

Skill Development

Indicates a lesson or series of lessons designated to develop a specific skill or set of skills. 

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Lecture + Donizetti Opera

Enjoy the Bel Canto stylings of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti this entire week, courtesy of the #MetOperaNightlyStreams! If you're looking to dive deeper into these works, check out our podcast playlist of archived Guild lectures.

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Opera in the New Millennium

New Archived Lecture Available FREE!

What is the composing process like? How does a composer work with a librettist? How much time do composers get to create an opera? In this episode of The Metropolitan Opera Guilld Podcast, we explore all of those questions and more in the release of an archival recording from 2017!

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Lecture + Mozart Opera

Our Lecture and Community Engagement team has put together a great playlist of informative and fun podcast episodes to accompany these classic operas. Ep. 87: Le Nozze di Figaro Pre-Performance Lecture, Ep. 96: Così fan tutte Pre-Performance Lecture with Sean Cooper, 127: La Clemenza di Tito with Naomi Barrettara, Ep. 82: Mozart's Die Zauberflöte from the Perspective of the Bassoon, Ep. 50: Don Giovanni, Talking About Opera, Ep. 23: Le Nozze di Figaro - Talking about Opera, Ep. 63: Idomeneo Pre-Performance Lecture.

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FREE Online Course

Introduction to Score Reading

This course teaches the fundamentals of score reading through video lectures, supplemental readings, and score excerpts. Beginning with music notation and building through score structure, you will develop tools to explore the intricate workings of a score and experience a new way of listening to opera.

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NEW Adult Course Offers from the Guild

The Metropolitan Opera Guild is taking two of its most popular classes online this fall! Stay connected to opera and the Guild with our online Score Reading classes and Opera Boot Camp. Registration for these programs is now open!

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150+ FREE Episodes

Met Opera Guild Streaming Lecture Archive

Through intensive workshops, pre-performance talks, and community outreach programs, the Guild deepens the knowledge of adults, from first-time operagoers to the life-long fan who can hum along with every note in the score. Dip your toe or take a deep dive into the many streaming programs from the Guild's Lectures and Community Engagement department.

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