Types of Course Materials

  • Live Webinars

    This Metropolitan Opera Guild online courses includes lectures in the form of live webinars 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.


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

    • Handout: Listening to Bel Canto

  • 2

    Part One

    • About this Lesson

    • Webinar Recording: Part One

  • 3

    Part Two

    • About this Lesson

    • Webinar Recording: Part Two

  • 4


    • Course Conclusion Survey


  • When is this Study Day occuring?

    This Study Day is structured as two live lectures, both given one a single day. The two live webinars will take place on Saturday, May 8 at 11:00AM - 12:30PM and 1:30PM - 3:00PM.

  • Can I watch the lectures after they have happened live?

    Each live webinar will be recorded, and then uploaded to the course player. You will receive an email when the recording is available, and you will have access for 72 hours.

  • How many lectures are included in this course?

    This course is composed of two live webinar lectures. Each lecture has a coordinating handout with additional information and supplemental readings.