Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Metropolitan Opera Project

Opportunity for Georgia Educators and Students

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD returns this fall with eleven live, high-definition transmissions scheduled for world wide distribution during the 2008-2009 season. The season opens on Monday, September 22. The Met Opera website provides the season schedule and a synopsis of the operas.

Georgia Music Educators can be part of an exciting musical experiment that merges live performance with digital technology. Georgia Public Broadcasting and Georgia Music Educators Association collaborate to provide an opportunity for Georgia educators and students to participate in a project that combines the best resources of one of America's finest cultural institutions with new technology. GPB Education and Radio are offering complimentary sets of tickets to GMEA members and their students to attend the high-definition performances throughout the season at selected movie theaters in Georgia. Participation in the project supports Georgia's State Curriculum Standards.

Educators and students will have the feedback, reactions and pictures that they send to GPB posted on the Georgia Graduation Stories blog. Madison County High School students are featured in the picture above. Go to the April 17, 2008 post to learn more about the opera project that Music Educator Shirley Dillard designed for these students."> GMEA Choral Chair, Renée Wilson-Wicker, along with friends Aubrey, Abby and Victoria, attended The Metropolitan Opera's HD simulacast of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in 2007-2008 season. Ms. Wilson-Wicker reports that this was the first opera experience for our young ladies, who enjoyed the experience immensely. Renée Flemming was the hostess for the production and took the audience backstage to learn about the costuming, set design, makeup, orchestral work and interviews with the performers during the opera intermissions. Ms. Wilson-Wicker said that she was amazed at the incredible learning opportunity provided by The Metropolitan Opera through this program and encourages educators to take advantage of the ticket program offered by GPB, GMEA and The Metropolitan Opera. She concludes that the experience is the next best thing to being at Lincoln Center and seeing it live!
Questions about this project should be sent to

GPB's Opera Chat
In honor of Metropolitan Opera Project, GPB Radio will air a new program, Opera Chat, around the time of the monthly opera broadcasts. Opera Chat features Midday Music Host, Sarah Zaslaw, and Ms. Wilson-Wicker in conversation about the history, music and singers of the featured opera.

More Opera Information

The New Georgia Encyclopedia is an excellent source of information on Opera in Georgia. Another must see resource is GPB's own State of the Arts program and website. Be sure to check out the following segments:

January, 2006 Opera 101: GSU's Harrower Summer Opera Workshop

January, 2008 Leah Partridge: Rising Opera Star from Georgia

May, 2008 Atlanta Opera: Cold Sassy Tree

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