Types of Course Materials

  • Lectures

    All Metropolitan Opera Guild online courses include a variety of lecture video footage to help bring our in-person programming to our online learners.

  • Readings

    Each lesson includes readings from noted authorities, along with response questions, giving you the opportunity to think critically and engage deeply with the operas under study.

  • Musical Examples

    Lessons include links to additional resources, such as audio and video examples, to enrich the exploration of concepts discussed in the lectures and readings.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Voice Types

    • About this Course

    • Introduction Video

    • Lecture Video: Introduction to the Fach System

    • Additional Video Resource: Operatic Voice Types Demonstration with The Royal Opera

    • Additional Listening: MOG Podcast Episode on Atypical Voices

  • 2

    Sopranos

    • About this Lesson

    • Lecture Video: Sopranos

    • Lecture Handout: Sopranos

    • Additional Reading: New York Times article about soprano Pretty Yende

    • Additional Reading: Article in The Guardian about the role of Isolde

    • Additional Video: Claire de Sévigné on the Coloratura Soprano

    • Additional Video: Discussing the Soprano Voice with Sir Andrew Davis, Renée Fleming, and Anthony Freud

    • Texts, Translations, and Clip Information

  • 3

    Mezzo-sopranos

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: Mezzo-sopranos

    • Lecture Handout: Mezzo-sopranos

    • Additional Reading: Article in bachtrack about Zwischenfach roles

    • Additional Video: Wallis Giunta on the Range of a Mezzo-soprano with Classic FM

    • Additional Video: Discussing the Mezzo-soprano Voice with Sir Andrew Davis, Renée Fleming, and Anthony Freud

    • Texts, Translations, and Clip Information

  • 4

    Tenors

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: Tenors

    • Lecture Handout: Tenors

    • Additional Reading: Interlude article on Spinto Tenors

    • Additional Video: Kangmin Justin Kim on Countertenors with Classic FM

    • Additional Video: Discussing the Tenor Voice with Sir Andrew Davis, Renée Fleming, and Anthony Freud

    • Texts, Translations, and Clip Information

  • 5

    Baritones

    • About this Lesson

    • Lecture Video: Baritones

    • Lecture Handout: Baritones

    • Additional Reading: Article in Opera News about Lyric Baritones

    • Additional Video: Markel Reed on the Baritone Voice with Utah Opera

    • Additional Video: Discussing the Baritone Voice with Sir Andrew Davis, Renée Fleming, and Anthony Freud

    • Texts, Translations, and Clip Information

  • 6

    Basses

    • About this Lesson

    • Lecture Video: Basses

    • Lecture Handout: Basses

    • Additional Videos: Exploring the bass-baritone voice with Eric Owens

    • Additional Reading: Interview with Eric Owens from CS Music

    • Texts, Translations, and Clip Information

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