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Met HD in Schools Introduces Students to Opera

Metropolitan Opera Prep workshop is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13.

What is Met HD Live in Schools?

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts live performances in high definition (HD) to movie theaters across the country. In Albuquerque, the venue is Century Rio 24, 4901 Pan American Fwy NE.

In order to introduce young people to the world of opera, The Met sponsors a program called Met HD Live in Schools where complimentary tickets to selected performances are offered to students and teachers.

Education is a large part of this program. Prior to their trip to the theater, teachers are encouraged to lead students in exploring cross-curricular concepts related to a particular opera. In the past, teachers of all grade levels have brought students from music classes, language classes, history, and after school clubs. If needed, APS Fine Arts will provide a bus for students from their school.

Met HD Live in Schools is also sponsored by the APS Fine Arts Department, the APS Education Foundation, and the Dolde Trust.

How can I include opera in my curriculum?

Come to the Metropolitan Opera Prep workshop Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 from 8:00-3:30 at 912 Oak Street SE, Building M. Teachers who want to bring students to a Met HD Live performance must come to the workshop, but it is also available to teachers who are just interested in learning how to introduce opera into their own curriculum.

A limited number of substitutes will be available. Teachers bringing students to the operas will be given priority.

Workshop activities will include exploring musical aspects of the operas, drama games, analysis of characters, and reenacting scenes from the operas (often with humorous results). There also may be short writing projects to connect the synopsis and libretto to literature, history, and culture, often drawing parallels between the opera and current events. Participants will be given the Met Educator Guide, which has opera information, more activities, worksheets, and CD’s. 

Register by Dec. 9, 2016.

To register:

If you intend to bring students to an opera, please also e-mail Jan Delgado at Indicate your school and subject taught, number of students, grade level and choice of opera.

 Opera selections for Met HD Live in Schools 2016-17

Rusalka (Dvořák) - Saturday, Feb 25, 10:55 a.m.

  • Expected run time: 3 hours, 36 minutes.
  • Sung in Czech
  • The Rusalka libretto contains many elements found in Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, The Little Mermaid. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in a cross-cultural comparison of familiar narratives.
  • Curricular tie-ins: Music, Theater, Language Arts, World History and Cultures, Slavic Languages.
  • Grade Level: Elementary to High School

La Traviata (Verdi) - Saturday, March 11, 10:55 a.m. 

  • Expected run time: 2 hours, 50 minutes.
  • Sung in Italian
  • La Traviata provides an opportunity to compare the concerns of Verdi’s time with the challenges of modern cities. With its tuneful and romantic score, it is also an excellent introduction to the art form for those who are just beginning to discover opera.
  • Curricular tie-ins: Music, Language Arts, Urban Studies, Literature, Theater, Drama, Italian
  • Grade Level: Elementary to High school

Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) - Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:55 a.m.

  • Expected run time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • Sung in Russian.
  • Eugene Onegin is based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin, whose stature in Russian literature is comparable only to Shakespeare in English. This opera is a compelling match for Literature, ELA, History, and Humanities curricula, and serves as a wonderful introduction to late 19th-century Russian musical style, making it a strong match for chorus, orchestra and band students, as well as music theory classes.
  • Curricular tie-ins: Music, Language Arts, Literature, World Literature, Theater, Russian, Psychology, Ballet
  • Grade Level: Middle to High School

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