Met Opera HD Live in Schools

Muse Machine is the only nonprofit organization in the country that partners with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for the Met’s HD Live in School program. Through this program, Muse Machine members and their advisors can experience a pre-opera workshop at Muse Machine and then attend livestream of a Met Opera performance at a local Miami Valley movie theater. Alternatively, teachers may schedule a pre-opera workshop at their school during the week prior to the opera. From transportation to snacks to ticket, this program is entirely FREE to Muse members and schools.

Any size group of students is welcome to attend this event with an advisor or chaperone. High School students may attend independent of advisor.

The Workshops

On the morning of the opera, advisors and students join their peers from other Muse schools to participate in an interactive workshop at Muse Machine at their own school or at the Muse Studio.  These workshops make the elements of opera and theater accessible and compelling and give students and teachers the opportunity to socialize in a community of Muse Members.

“I felt very well-informed and welcome,” one first-time middle school workshop attendee wrote about her experience.

The Broadcasts

Students receive free tickets to attend the live broadcast of the opera they explored in the workshop, performed live by the Metropolitan Opera, at the Hollywood Stadium 20 cinema at Fairfield Commons. Students liked that the broadcast showed the opera singers “up close” and that the filming including behind-the-scenes footage that “showed how they set up the stage.”  Middle school Muse members called their first Live HD in Schools opera experience “beautiful and inspiring” and “amazingly awesome.” One wrote “I liked this so much! You should try it!”

Samson et Dalila

Based on the tale of Samson and Delilah from the Old Testament, Saint-Saëns’ most popular opera explore love and betrayal in a time of war.

The star duo of mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna reunite for another sensual French opera in the title roles of the biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

•10/20/18 at 12:55pm; expected run time: 3 hours, 4 minutes
•Sung in French with English titles
• Curricular tie-ins: Music, Theater, French, English/Language Arts, World Literature, European History, Musical Theater
• Grade Level: Middle school through high school

 

 

 

La Traviata

Among the most famous stories of love and loss, the most popular of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas and source of several of the best-known arias of all time, La Traviata is a cornerstone of the musical world.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

•12/15/18 at 12:55pm; expected run time: 3 hours, 7 minutes
•Sung in Italian with English titles
• Curricular tie-ins: Music, Theater, Italian, English/Language Arts, World Literature, European History, Musical Theater
• Grade Level: Middle school through high school

Carmen

Georges Bizet set his famous tale of seduction and death against a world of gypsies and bullfighters. His most acclaimed work, Carmen contains some of the best known music in the opera world.

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

• 2/2/19 at 12:55pm; expected run time: 3 hours, 21 minutes
• Sung in French with English titles
• Curricular tie-ins: Music, Theater, French, English/Language Arts, World Literature, European History, Musical Theater
• Grade Level: Middle school through high school