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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.

  • Readings

    Each lesson includes readings from noted authorities, giving you the opportunity to engage deeply with the operas 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 readings.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • About this course

    • Introduction Video (00:03:18)

    • Lecture Video: Wagner's Harmonic Toolbox (00:10:04)

    • Reading: Introduction to The Ring Cycle - Opera Classics Library

    • Handout: Ring Cycle Character Family Tree

    • Handout: Wagner's Timeline for the Ring

    • Handout: Wagner's Orchestra for the Ring

    • Handout: Additional Resources

  • 2

    Das Rheingold

    • About this Chapter

    • Lecture Video: Das Rheingold - Part 1 (00:39:52)

    • Lecture Video: Das Rheingold - Part 2 (00:19:23)

    • Reading: Das Rheingold - Opera Classics Library

    • Handout: Das Rheingold Motifs

    • Score: Das Rheingold Opening

  • 3

    Die Walküre

    • About this Chapter

    • Lecture Video: Die Walküre - Part 1 (00:36:04)

    • Lecture Video: Die Walküre - Part 2 (00:36:46)

    • Reading: Die Walküre - Opera Classics Library

    • Handout: Die Walküre Motifs

    • Score: Die Walküre Opening

  • 4


    • About this Chapter

    • Lecture Video: Siegfried - Part 1 (00:35:40)

    • Lecture Video: Siegfried - Part 2 (00:31:59)

    • Lecture Video: Siegfried - Part 3 (00:20:43)

    • Reading: Siegfried - Opera Classics Library

    • Handout: Siegfried Motifs

    • Score: Siegfried Forest Bird

  • 5


    • About this Chapter

    • Lecture Video: Götterdämmerung - Part 1 (00:30:20)

    • Lecture Video: Götterdämmerung - Part 2 (00:25:24)

    • Lecture Video: Götterdämmerung - Part 3 (00:35:14)

    • Reading: Götterdämmerung - Opera Classics Library

    • Handout: Götterdaämmerung Motifs

    • Score: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

    • Score: Götterdämmerung Finale

    • Additional Resources


Victoria Bond

Composer, Conductor, and Lecturer

Victoria Bond leads a dual career as composer and conductor receiving praises from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Bond has been commissioned by ensembles including American Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Houston Symphony, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and her compositions have also been performed by the Dallas Symphony, New York City Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony, among others. Her opera “Clara” about Clara Schumann will premiered under the auspices of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in April 2019. The first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, she regularly appears as a guest conductor throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and China. Ms. Bond has served as music director of the New Amsterdam and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras; artistic director of Opera Roanoke, Harrisburg Opera, and Bel Canto Opera; music adviser of the Wuhan Symphony in China, assistant conductor of New York City Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is currently principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago.

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