Type 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.

  • Handouts

    Each lesson includes a handout with additional information as well as links to supplemental readings, providing the opportunity to engage deeply with the conductors and works 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 handouts.


Matthew Timmermans


Matthew Timmermans is a PhD student in musicology and a Public Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY, in New York City. He also teaches music history at CUNY. He has published on a variety of topics including philosophy of music, performance practice, age studies, and diva worship. His current research explores representations of identity in opera, musical theatre, and their recordings. He has been featured as a lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Canadian Opera Company, and on the Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast. As a freelance writer, he has written editorials and reviews for Opera Canada and Ludwig van Toronto.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About this Course

  • 2

    Prima Donna assoluta

    • About this Lesson

  • 3

    The Queen of La Scala comes to the Met

    • About this Lesson

  • 4

    La Divina

    • About this Lesson

  • 5

    The Second Callas

    • About this Lesson