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Course Description

Following on last year’s overview of the history and development of opera, we continue exploring this fascinating world through recordings of prominent singers and by examining the lives of major opera composers and the origins of their works. As the upcoming season of The Met: Live in HD series (Aida, Adriana Lecouvreur, Carmen, Die Walküre, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, etc.) is divided between the Italian and French repertoires, we will also examine the similarities and differences (history, legends, and literary sources) of the two countries. We will prepare for The Met’s new work, Marnie, in co-production with the English National Opera, by revisiting the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same work. The course will be divided between the Fall and Winter sessions with classes held every two weeks. Background information on the operas featured in the cinema season in the form of synopses, CDs, and video clips will be presented for discussion and review in class.

Participants should purchase their own subscriptions to The Met:Live in HD at the participating cinema of their choice.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Friday, September 27th 2019

Course Length: For 10 weeks every 2 weeks continuing in the winter semester, Fridays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Discussion Team: Susan Bramhall-Toimil and Irene Menear

Course Fee: 

$140.00 (tuition fee)

$92.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$175.00 (tuition fee)

$127.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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