• 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.


Jane Marsh


Soprano Jane Marsh was the first singer to win the Gold Medal at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition. She made her debut at Italy’s Spoleto Festival as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and has been heard at most of the world’s major festivals, opera houses, and concert halls. In addition to Verdi, Strauss, and bel canto, her repertoire includes the heroines of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. She leads master classes in the U.S. and Europe and has appeared, as performer and host, in international and U.S. radio and television programs. Her music anthology Spirit Be Joyful!, for which she created the singing translations and transliterations, was published in 2008. She joined the Guild’s roster of presenters in 2007 and is the co-creator of the Guild’s Masterly Singing series and young artist programs. She currently serves as an artistic advisor and program consultant. She was awarded the New York Handel Medallion for exceptional contributions to the city’s cultural life.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About this Course

    • Introduction Video (00:04:18)

  • 2

    Verdi Sopranos

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: Verdi Sopranos (00:48:23)

    • Handout: Verdi Sopranos

  • 3

    Verdi Mezzo-Sopranos

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: Verdi Mezzo-Sopranos (00:42:49)

    • Handout: Verdi Mezzo-Soprano

  • 4

    Verdi Tenors

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: Verdi Tenors (00:46:39)

    • Handout: Verdi Tenors

  • 5

    Verdi Baritones and Bass Baritones

    • About this Lesson

    • Video Lecture: Verdi Baritones and Bass Baritones (00:45:53)

    • Handout: Verdi Baritones and Bass Baritones

  • 6

    Suggested Readings and Other Materials

    • Handout: Verdi Voices - Additional Readings

    • Additional Media