Out-of-School Performances

Presenting the 2018-2019 out-of-school performances

Schedule out-of-school performances for your high school or middle school for the 2018-19 school year and receive all the other benefits of being a Muse school! Check out the offerings below—a diverse collection of the most exciting performances from the best arts organizations in town—with schedule details, descriptions and videos. From those choices, create a season for your own students and reserve your selections.

Prices appear on order forms.

Ticket reservation for out-of-school performances occurs on a two-part form (they are very brief). Please be certain to submit both parts regardless of your selections:

Reserve out-of-school tickets – Part 1  Reserve out-of-school tickets – Part 2 

MAMMA MIA!

Muse Machine • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time 2:30 • Drop date 12/4
Performance dates Jan 10, 11, 12, 13, 2019

 

 

SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL

Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Estimated run time 2:30 • Drop date 8/30
Performance dates Oct 2, 3, 2018

School Of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “Fists of all ages shall be pumping!” Contains some mild adult language.

 

 

THE BENCH (WORLD PREMIERE)

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA • $17 • Drop date 9/5
Performance dates Oct 6, 7, 2018

Love begins with a meeting by a park bench in this evening-length concert featuring dance, theatre and an original score!

 

 

DRACULA: BLOODLINES

Dayton Ballet, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra & Dayton Opera • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 9/25
Performance dates Oct 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018

Dayton Ballet’s Dracula: Bloodlines delves into the tale before the world’s most famous vampire emerged.

Act One will focus on the 15th century prince known as Vlad the Impaler and the events that led to his transformation into the best-known vampire in literary history. Act Two will see the emergence of familiar characters of the classic tale of Dracula, including Lucy, Dr. Van Helsing and Dracula himself.

Guest vocalists from Dayton Opera will share the stage with Dayton Ballet to spotlight the production with gorgeous vocal resonance. The intrigue, shadowing, and mystery of this classic tale is the perfect setting for a story ballet in the haunting month of October. Do you believe in vampires?

 

 

CRAZY FOR YOU

WSU Theatre Dept • WSU • Early estimated run time 2:30 • Drop Date 10/2
Performance dates Nov 7, 8, 10, 15, 17, 2018

Crazy For You incorporates such beloved Gershwin hits as “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This charming and hilarious romp through the glitzy streets of New York City and the sleepy, one-horse town of Deadrock, Nevada complete with bar fights, chorus girls, love triangles, a British invasion and a case of mistaken identity!

 

 

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 1:40 • Drop date 10/9
Performance date Nov 17, 2018

The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

 

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 11/6
Performance dates Dec 7, 8, 2018

Once December comes around… it’ll be that time again. Temperatures dropping, colorful lights on neighbors’ houses twinkling, cookies baking, and mall Santas gathering children’s lists. And it’ll be time for Miami Valley musicians to congregate on the Schuster stage and share the music of the season. And this time of year and this music is only made more special as it is performed by well-loved, local musicians who know the special type of holiday that we celebrate here in Ohio… with snow, hometown blessings and a lot of joy.

 

 

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 11/6
Performance date Dec 9, 2018

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestral musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences, strengthening our region’s existing school music programs and helping stimulate interest in the development of school orchestral programs where none exist. This concert collects classical favorites and lets the exceptional talents of this young orchestra shine!

 

 

THE LITTLEST ANGEL

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company • UD Boll Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 11/6
Performance date Dec 14, 2018

Set beautifully to dance, The Littlest Angel is the endearing tale by Charles Tazewell about a little boy who enters heaven far too soon. But the gift he offers for the Christ child transforms the meaning of giving and sacrifice. The Littlest Angel is for the entire family and for the child in you.

 

 

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept • Blair Hall Theatre • Early estimated run time 40mins • Drop date 11/6
Performance dates Dec 14, 15, 16, 2018

First shown as an animated TV special based on Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts characters, this faithful adaptation brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang live on stage. This colorful 40-minute production offers a perfect introduction for young children to live theatre. Sunday’s performances will have shadow interpreting, in which interpreters “shadow” the actors, following them onstage while interpreting with sign language.

 

 

THE NUTCRACKER

Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:00 • Drop date 11/13
Performance dates Dec 14, 15, 20, 21, 2018

Join Dayton Ballet for the breathtaking production of Dayton’s biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition… Dayton Ballet’s beloved The Nutcracker. With magical choreography, delectable sets and stunning costumes, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life this holiday season. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra again takes up residence in the orchestra pit, giving Tchaikovsky’s music the full, rich, gorgeous interpretation that it requires. The elegance, grace and sheer athleticism of Dayton Ballet’s core ensemble and star dancers bring the drama to immediate, colorful life!

 

 

FINDING NEVERLAND

Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:35 • $28 and $37 • Drop date 12/4
Performance dates Jan 15, 16, 2019

Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. “Far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)

Tickets to Finding Neverland are available to schools that request an equal or greater number of tickets to the Muse Machine musical.

 

 

CIRQUE MUSICA

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 12/18
Performance dates Jan 25, 26, 2019

Cirque Musica’s Crescendo is a symphonic theatrical production combining a stirring musical performance from the DPO with the physical feats of international cirque artists. Cirque Musica has traveled the world blending the majesty of two wonderful artistic traditions: cirque artistry and symphonic music. These renowned physical artists interpret the music as no one else can. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as cirque performers and music soar through the Schuster atmosphere. It will be a feast for both your eyes and your ears!

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF BLACKS IN DANCE: FIVE FOUNDING MEMBERS PERFORMANCE

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company • Victoria Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 12/18
Performance date Jan 26, 2019

See works from 10 of the country’s leading black dance companies in one stunning show! International Association of Blacks in Dance in partnership with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents the 2019 IABD Conference & Festival in Dayton in January 2019.

 

THE KING AND I

Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:50 • Drop date 1/8
Performance dates Feb 12, 13, 2019

Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King And I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. The King And I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).

 

 

SILENT SKY

Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept • Sinclair Black Box Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 1/8
Performance dates Feb 14, 16, 2019

Much like the movie “Hidden Figures,” this play centers on actual women pioneers of astronomy, who made groundbreaking discoveries in the early 1900s that contribute to our understanding of space. Thursday’s performance will have shadow interpreting, in which interpreters “shadow” the actors, following them onstage while interpreting with sign language.

 

 

CELTIC SPIRIT FEATURING EILEEN IVERS

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 1/22
Performance dates Feb 22, 23, 2019

A daughter of Irish immigrants who was raised in New York City, Eileen Ivers started playing fiddle at a young age, eventually winning the All-Ireland fiddle championships… nine times! The Grammy award–winner has performed for U.S. presidents and royalty, and the New York Times has called her “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” She has performed with more than 40 symphonic orchestras and at many renowned folk festivals. Ivers’ newest CD “showcases how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America.”

 

 

A MUSE NIGHT ON THE TOWN: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 1/29
Performance date Mar 2, 2019

Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comedy centers on the romantic misadventures of Mabel and Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to a band of “reluctant” pirates. Add to that a very model of a modern Major-General, his bevy of beautiful daughters, and a bungling bunch of Keystone Cops–style police, and you have the delightfully wacky operetta that has amused audiences since its 1879 debut. Twists and turns abound, interspersed with some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most delightful melodies.

Join hundreds of Muse students in a Muse Night On The Town –  attendees are encouraged to dress in pirate costume and take photos at the theatre!

 

 

ON YOUR FEET!

Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:15 • Drop date 1/22
Performance dates Mar 5, 6, 2019

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

 

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Human Race Theatre Company • The Loft Theatre • Early estimated run time 2:20 • Drop date 2/5
Performance dates Mar 6, 12, 2019

Jules Verne’s classic tale springs to life in this clever, fast-paced comedy for the whole family. Proper gentleman Phileas Fogg strikes a wager and sets off on a race that puts his fortune and life at risk. With his faithful servant at his side, he has just 80 days to circle the globe – an inconceivable feat in the year 1872! Fierce natives, furious typhoons, runaway trains, a damsel in distress and a dogged detective threaten to delay him at every step in this delightful, whirlwind odyssey that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to unexpected end!

 

 

THE BEST OF JOHN WILLIAMS

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 2/12
Performance dates Mar 15, 16, 2019

Often called “America’s composer,” John Williams has been creating movie music since 1959. Over the years, Williams has won 18 Grammys and had 41 Oscar nominations, with five of those winning – for Jaws, Star Wars (Episode IV), ET, Schindler’s List, and Fiddler on the Roof’s adaptation to film. The soundtrack for Star Wars (Episode IV) is the best-selling score-only soundtrack of all time. The Williams musical magic continued through many blockbuster movie favorites, such as the Jurassic Park series and the Harry Potter films. You’ll certainly feel as though you’ve spent a night at the movies!

 

 

A BRAHMS TREASURY

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 2/19
Performance dates Mar 22, 23, 2019

In March, you’ll enjoy a variety of different expressions of Johannes Brahms’ genius, carefully gathered together like a rare collection of precious gemstones. Neal calls on the prodigious skills of the Orchestra alongside choral forces under the direction of Hank Dahlman, Director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir.

The program includes the St. Anthony Chorale, Variations on a Theme, excerpts from The Seven Last Words of Christ, Song of Destiny, Haydn Variations and Brahms’ glorious Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 77. Peek into this treasure chest of riches!

 

 

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

WSU Theatre Dept • WSU • Early estimated run time 2:45 • Drop date 2/26
Performance dates Mar 27, 28, 29, 30; Apr 4, 5, 6, 2019

Winner of four Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim’s glorious musical masterpiece begins in 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs.

Delightful, charming and at times heartbreaking, with gorgeous, lush music, including “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons” and the seminal “Send in the Clowns,” A Little Night Music is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour-de-force.

 

 

LES MISERABLES

Victoria Theatre Association • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time 2:50 • Drop date 2/19
Performance dates Apr 2, 3, 2019

An unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion & the resilience of the human spirit. Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).

 

 

ALL CHILDISH THINGS

Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept • Sinclair Black Box Theatre • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 2/26
Performance dates Apr 5, 11, 2019

A band of Star Wars enthusiasts creates a “can’t-fail,” get-rich-quick scheme to raid Kenner Toys’ secret warehouse and steal all the collectibles they can! Thursday’s performance will have shadow interpreting, in which interpreters “shadow” the actors, following them onstage while interpreting with sign language.

 

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY (BALLET)

Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 3/12
Performance dates Apr 12, 13, 14, 2019

Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke has her own magical vision of the Sleeping Beauty story, influenced by the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Dayton Ballet presents a classical version of Sleeping Beauty with a few creative twists of our own. This original presentation of this classic tale is draped lusciously in nature, with settings of whimsical gardens and ominous forests, with fairies named after flowers from which they pull their virtues, and even down to the beautiful name of our leading maiden: Briar Rose. Evil enters in the form of a vulture-like forest villain named Cinereous, and one prick of the finger from a black rose turns sweet Briar Rose into our beloved Sleeping Beauty.

With original libretto and choreography by Karen Russo Burke, unique costumes by well-known dance designer Christine Darch, amazing sets by Lewis Folden, and live music from the impeccable Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose takes the stage by storm to steal your heart away.

Free Graeter’s ice cream is served at the Sunday performance.

 

 

SGT. PEPPER IN CONCERT

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA •  Drop date 3/26
Performance date Apr 23, 2019

The unique Sundae Classics format features musical examples and explanation by DPO Artistic Director Neal Gittleman.  This afternoon, Maestro Gittleman and guest rock ensemble Classic Mystery Tour will take you on a very special tour through the Beatles’ classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Directly following is a casual Q&A and an Ice Cream Social with a free scoop of Graeter’s!

In 1966, the Beatles made the decision not to tour any longer. When the band returned to the studio, they wrote and recorded new music within a new concept. They would not be writing and recording as the Beatles per se, leaving aside all outside expectations. Instead, the music poured forth from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Although the album turned 50 in 2017, the music still exudes the joy and innovation (and sometimes whimsy) that listeners first heard back in June 1967. Who can forget “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lovely Rita,” or “A Day in the Life”? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a studio-recorded piece without a tour . . . until now. Don’t miss it!

Free Graeter’s ice cream is served at the performance.

 

 

DCDC 50TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra • Schuster Center • Early estimated run time TBA • Drop date 3/26
Performance date May 4, 2019

DCDC and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra join forces as former DCDC Artistic Director Kevin Ward creates a new work for the company’s 50th anniversary celebration! DCDC will also revive a classic work to the live accompaniment of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

 

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2018-19 OUT-OF-SCHOOL PERFORMANCE CALENDAR LISTING

OCT 2, 3
SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL

Victoria Theatre Association

OCT 6, 7
THE BENCH
(WORLD PREMIERE)
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

OCT 25, 26, 27, 28
DRACULA: BLOODLINES

Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

NOV 7, 8, 10, 15, 17
CRAZY FOR YOU

WSU Theatre Dept

NOV 17
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

Victoria Theatre Association

DEC 7, 8
HOMETOWN HOLIDAY

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

DEC 9
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

DEC 14
THE LITTLEST ANGEL

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

DEC 14, 15, 16
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept

DEC 14, 15, 20, 21
THE NUTCRACKER

Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

JAN 10-13
THE NEW MUSE MACHINE MUSICAL

Muse Machine

JAN, 15, 16
FINDING NEVERLAND

Victoria Theatre Association

JAN 25, 26
CIRQUE MUSICA

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

JAN 26
INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF BLACKS IN DANCE: FIVE FOUNDING MEMBERS PERFORMANCE

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

FEB 12, 13
THE KING AND I

Victoria Theatre Association

FEB 14, 16
SILENT SKY

Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept

FEB 22, 23
CELTIC SPIRIT FEATURING EILEEN IVERS

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

MAR 2
A MUSE NIGHT ON THE TOWN: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

MAR 5, 6
ON YOUR FEET!

Victoria Theatre Association

MAR 6, 12
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Human Race Theatre Company

MAR 15, 16
THE BEST OF JOHN WILLIAMS

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

MAR 22, 23
A BRAHMS TREASURY

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

MAR 27, 28, 29, 30 APR 4, 5, 6
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

WSU Theatre Dept

APR 2, 3
LES MISERABLES

Victoria Theatre Association

APR 5, 11
ALL CHILDISH THINGS

Sinclair Community College Theatre Dept

APR 12, 13, 14
SLEEPING BEAUTY
(BALLET)
Dayton Ballet & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

APR 28
SGT. PEPPER IN CONCERT

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

May 4
DCDC 50TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

To prepare your students for out-of-school performances, you are welcome to share Muse’s list of Out-of-School Performance Etiquette Tips with your students and chaperones.

Out-of-School Performance Etiquette Tips

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 Schools program. Through this program, Muse Machine members and their advisors can experience a pre-opera workshop at the Muse Studio and then attend live stream 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

Prior to the opera, advisors and students join their peers from other Muse schools to participate in an interactive workshop 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 Livestreams

Students receive free tickets to attend the livestream 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

A luxuriant portrayal of the conflict between the spirit and the flesh, Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila presents a fascinating contradiction: its beguiling music underpins an uncomfortable story. It tells the story of Samson, the biblical hero of legendary strength, and his temptation and betrayal by the Philistine Delilah, who coerces him into revealing the secret of his superhuman power. Sparks will fly between Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča in Saint-Saëns’s sensual opera, as realized by the vivid staging of Dark Tresnjak.

This new production re-imagines the opera’s ancient settings through the lens of contemporary design, culminating in the jaw-droppingly monumental Temple of Dagon in the final act. The opera is a biblical epic of contemporary relevance, populated by two cultures in a state of continual war, committed to their own mutual destruction.

With its plot drawn from ancient history and the bible, as well as its exploration of the darker side of redemption, the work is a fruitful study for World History, Humanities, and Ethics curricula.

•Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:55pm; expected run time: 2 hours, 40 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

La Traviata—one of Verdi’s most beloved operas—features a pair of ill-fated lovers whose relationship cannot withstand the dual challenges of unequal social class and illness—in this case, that frequent scourge of operatic heroines, consumption. Verdi’s opera explores the chasms between excess and the appearance of respectability, choice and obligation—and makes us care so acutely about its heroine that her fate becomes the emotional core of the work. The opera is based on a play by Alexandre Dumas fils (which itself was based on a prior novel by the same author) that was wildly popular at the time and which premiered only a few months before Verdi composed his opera.

This new production by Michael Mayer features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. As an adaptation of a work that explicitly confronted the problems of the urban city, La Traviata provides a great opportunity to compare the concerns of Verdi’s opera with the challenges inherent in the modern metropolis. It also is a wonderful opportunity to discuss issues of literary adaptation and plot tropes in opera. 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.

•Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 12:55pm; expected run time: 2 hours, 55 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

One of opera’s most notorious vixens, the heroine of Carmen will draw your students into a vivid world of habaneras, toreadors, and the “gypsy” life—all set to some of opera’s most recognizable melodies. Richard Eyre’s stunning production returns to the Met with Clémentine Margaine in the title role of the ill-fated temptress and Yonghoon Lee as her desperate lover.

Bizet’s most famous opera, Carmen is an excellent introduction to the art form for those whose operatic experience is limited. Drawing heavily on the colorful local features of Seville, it will tie in well with teachers’ Social Studies curricula and world cultures units. It also serves as a unique opportunity to explore questions of gender equality in western society, personal freedom and free will, and the challenges facing minority populations living within larger societies.

• Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12:55pm; expected run time: 3 hours, 15 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

 

Register your students for a free Met Opera: HD Live in Schools workshop and cinema performance