Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Russian Chorus - Guild Hall
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Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp
The Russian Chorus

Aleksey Bogdanov as Shchelkalov in Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

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Saturday, October 16
11AM - 12PM
Free with Suggested Donation
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States
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Come meet Bel Canto Boot Camp in person! In collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, BCBC explores this fall’s Met: Live in HD repertoire. Bel Canto Boot Camp aims to unite the rich traditions of the past with the exciting productions in today’s opera house.

Join BCBC co-founders Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff as they explore the rich tradition of Russian choral singing. In operas with political plots the chorus provides the social context in which the action takes place. Many voices together provide the voice of different nations, peoples, and social classes, sometimes wanting different outcomes. The chorus paints the picture of what the people believe, think, and want.

This program is presented in tandem with The Met: Live in HD screening of Boris Gudonov (encore screening). A complimentary coffee from our eAT Coffee Bar will be available for all participants between the lecture and screening.


Guests attending programs indoors in the John Drew Theater must show proof of full vaccination. Click HERE for full  COVID-19 protocol for guests.

  • Derrick Goff

    Derrick Goff is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a current member of the MET music staff. He has enjoyed many years of collaboration at Teatro Nuovo, a continuation of the young artist program of Bel Canto at Caramoor, where he is resident as a coach, chorusmaster, and Italian teacher. In addition to his work as a pianist, coach, and conductor, Derrick holds degrees in organ and voice from Westminster Choir College.

    Photo: Fay Fox

  • Rachelle Jonck

    Rachelle Jonck received her musical training at the Conservatory of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. In her native country she was awarded a FNB/Vita award for her contribution to opera in South Africa and the Nederburg Opera Prize – South Africa’s premier opera award.

    Rachelle moved to New York City as Head Vocal Coach and Assistant Conductor of Bel Canto at Caramoor. Her private coaching studio includes established professionals whose careers take them to the largest opera houses of the world, and younger singers still on the verge of a professional career. Her master class topics, while related to her main study field of bel canto, explore the wider application of the bel canto way of singing. rachellejonck.com

    Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Event Sponsors

Education Programming is supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, Lucy and Steven Cookson, The Hearthland Foundation, Stephen Meringoff, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Susan and Stephen Scherr, and funding from the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.
The Met Opera simulcasts at Guild Hall are made possible in part through the generosity of:
Grand Tier: Dr. Ralph Gibson, in memory of Andy Jacobyansky, who generously shared his passion, knowledge and support for the opera, Barbara Horgan, The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming, The East Hampton Star, and Maryam K. Seley
Dress Circle: Maureen Bluedorn, Rose Marie Butler in memoriam, Norma Giorgetti in memory of Mary-Anne Szabaga, and Patti Kenner in memory of Judith and Gus Leiber
Balcony Circle: Gabrielle Bamberger, Susan Blair, Jan and Marilyn Breslow, Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust, Cornelia and Lawrence Randolph, and Veronica Stephens
Family Circle (*Gold): Carolyn and Gioacchino Balducci, Arlene Bujese in memory of Marcel Bally*, Joanne Canary and Barry McCallion*, Pamela and Robert Lund, Robert Macdonald, and Joan and Walter Marter* 
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