Local Students To View Live Opera Performances From The Met

February 6, 2009

Through a partnership with the New York Metropolitan Opera, Met performances will be transmitted live, for free, at Edwards Houston Marq E Stadium 23, 7620 Katy Freeway. Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor will be transmitted at noon tomorrow, Feb. 7, and viewed by students from Carnegie Vanguard High School.  Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will be transmitted at noon March 7 and viewed by students from Johnston Middle School. Rossini’s La Cenerentola will be transmitted at 11:30 a.m. May 9 and viewed by students from Eastwood Academy. 


“It is a great opportunity for our students to partake in this exclusive event,” said Carnegie Vanguard principal Ramon Moss.  “A broad spectrum of students will attend, and our theater students are particularly interested in attending.”  


As part of the Metropolitan Opera’s continuing efforts to bring opera to a wider audience, the Met has joined with educators and representatives from opera houses around the country to introduce its educational program, The Met: HD Live in Schools, to 18 school districts in 13 states. 


“The Met’s Live in HD presentations are a good way to introduce opera to the next generation,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “I am very pleased that we are able to bring the program to students and teachers across the country.”


The Met launched the program last season in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the Metropolitan Opera Guild, incorporating live opera into lessons in New York City classrooms. The program, which will now be extended to approximately 180 schools nationwide, is designed to fully immerse students in the opera experience and integrate it into the classroom. The Met has created a set of standards-driven curriculum guides and other opera resources for teachers and administrators and provides teachers in each district with in-person training seminars to learn how the program can be woven into the curriculum.  Through a network of participating movie theaters, free tickets are distributed to each school district for the HD broadcasts of the live opera performances. 


In addition to the more than 8,500 students, educators, and parents who will once again participate in the New York City program, the national program will involve another 4,700 people for a total of over 13,000 participants. The 18 school districts participating in the program this year are: Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Charlotte, NC; Cleveland, OH; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Helena, MT; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Portland OR; Reno, NV, San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; and Tulsa, OK. 

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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