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.


Dr. Naomi Barrettara


Dr. Naomi Barrettara is a program development consultant and lecturer at The Metropolitan Opera Guild involved with several of the Guild’s community programs, including Opera Boot Camp, Score Reading, Continuing Education classes and Online Learning courses. She is also a co-host on The Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast, and in her work producing the podcast between fall 2015 and summer 2020, the podcast reached over 1.25 million listeners. In addition to her work at the Guild, Naomi is a co-founder and co-host of the podcast Opera After Dark, and works on various freelance digital media projects. Naomi holds a PhD in Musicology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, with an additional certificate in interactive technology and pedagogy. Her main research areas include opera studies, public musicology, and classical music in the digital age.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Introductory Terminology and History

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture 1: Terminology and Jargon (01:14:56)

    • Video Lecture 1, Part 2: History of Singing (00:47:57)

    • Handout: Introductory Terminology and History

  • 3

    Career Paths and Training

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture 2, Part 1: Training as an Opera Singer (01:04:30)

    • Video Lecture 2, Part 2: Training as an Opera Singer (00:55:43)

    • Handout: Career Paths and Training

  • 4

    Vocal Care and Vocal growth

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture 3, Part 1: Warm Ups and Vocal Care (00:59:36)

    • Video Lecture 3, Part 2: Singing when you are Sick (00:20:18)

    • Handout: Vocal Care and Vocal Growth

  • 5

    Working with Vocal Coaches, Directors, and Conductors

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture 4, Part 1: Working with Directors and Coaches (00:59:56)

    • Video Lecture 4, Part 2: Working with Directors and Coaches (00:39:18)

    • Handout: Working with Vocal Coaches, Directors, and Conductors

  • 6


    • Course Conclusion Survey


  • When will this course content become available?

    The course content for Opera Boot Camp: Introduction to Operatic Singing will become available on Monday, October 19.

  • 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 October 19, your 60 days will begin when the course content becomes available on October 19.

  • 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.