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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.

  • 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.

Instructor

Matthew Timmermans

Lecturer

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

    Introduction

  • 2

    The Evolution of the Director

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: The Evolution of the Director Part One

    • Video Lecture: The Evolution of the Director Part Two

    • Video Lecture: The Evolution of the Director Part Three

    • Handout: The Evolution of the Director

  • 3

    The Birth of Opera

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: The Birth of Opera

    • Handout: The Birth of Opera

  • 4

    The Long 19th Century

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: The Long 19th Century

    • Handout: The Long 19th Century

  • 5

    The 20th Century and Beyond

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: The 20th Century and Beyond

    • Handout: The 20th Century and Beyond

  • 6

    Conclusion

    • Course Conclusion Survey

FAQ

  • When will this course content become available?

    The course content for Opera Boot Camp: Introduction to Operatic Staging will become available on November 1, 2021.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    You will have access to this course and all of its content for 60 days, beginning the day of registration. If you pre-order the course before November 1, your 60 days will begin when the course content becomes available on November 1.

  • How many lectures are included in this course?

    This course is composed of four lectures, and each lecture is separated into two video parts. Each lecture has a coordinating handout with additional information and supplemental readings.