The MET Opera Program
The Metropolitan Opera has partnered with Dorchester School District Two to give students an opportunity to experience the art of opera (big thanks to Mr. Woods for initiating this partnership). This is our district's 4th year and we are the only district in the state who participates in this program. The operas are in real time (LIVE HD) at the Azalea Movie Theater. All operas will start at 12:55 PM. If interested in FREE tickets, please email Mr. Woods.
by Mozart Year Published:
Mozart’s The Magic Flute has become a beloved holiday tradition, and it returns to the HD Live in Schools program this year as a special offering for younger students. A story of wild adventure and fairy-tale romance, The Magic Flute follows the prince Tamino on his quest to save the princess Pamina. Tamino’s journey will bring him into contact with a host of unforgettable characters and creatures, including the jolly bird-catcher Papageno and his sweetheart, Pamina; a giant snake; a mysterious priest; and a devilish “Queen of the Night.” Over the course of his adventures, Tamino must solve strange riddles and decide whom he can trust as he wards off the forces of evil—but he must also learn that there can be no heroism without the help of true friends. Performed in an abridged English-language version, running less than two hours in length, and featuring a cast of larger-than-life puppets, The Magic Flute offers an accessible and enjoyable operatic experience to audiences of all ages.
December 7, 2019
by Gershwin Year Published:
The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: FEB 1, 2020 (New Production – James Robinson)
Porgy and Bess holds an iconic place in American musical history. An English-language opera written by one of America’s leading purveyors of popular song, based on a novel by a Charleston-based poet, and featuring an entirely African American cast, Porgy and Bess offered audiences in the 1930s a completely new idea of what opera could be. George Gershwin’s jazz-infused score features some of his most famous songs, including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” This season, Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years, and students and teachers will have a chance to hear these songs in their original narrative and musical context.
The opera’s beating heart is the romance between Porgy, a kind, disabled beggar, and Bess, a beautiful, strong-willed woman determined to break free from addiction and abuse to find true happiness. Yet in a broader sense, the opera is about the fluctuating fortunes of a community on the Charleston waterfront. Joy and sorrow, violence and tenderness, the promise of youth, the tragedy of death, and the horrifying racism of the Jim Crow South are all brought together in this American masterwork, offering curricular connections to American history, African American studies, English/Language Arts, and jazz.
Sung in English
Curricular Tie-ins: Music, American History, African American Studies, English/Language Arts
Grade Level: Middle through High School
Content Advisory: Porgy and Bess contains drug use and domestic violence.*
February 1, 2020