February 16, 2009
Met reaches out to U.S. public schools
New York's Metropolitan Opera says it is making available free live opera broadcasts to public schools throughout the United States.
Created to bring opera to a wider audience,
The Met: HD Live in Schools program is being introduced to 18 school districts in 13 states, the company said.
La Rondine,and was followed Feb. 7 by Donizetti's
Lucia di Lammermoor.Upcoming screenings will include Puccini's
Madama ButterflyMarch 7 and Rossini's
La CenerentolaMay 9.
Through a network of participating movie theaters, free tickets are distributed to school districts for the HD broadcasts of the live opera performances.
The Met said it 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 be extended to approximately 180 schools nationwide, is designed to immerse students fully in the opera experience and integrate it into the classroom.
The program has already greatly benefited several school communities by bringing opera to students and families who may not otherwise experience it, New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said in a statement.
The HD events at five of our high schools this fall and spring also provide a unique opportunity for our students to learn about music, theater, production, running a box office, and theater management.