Educator Workshops

The Met offers educators professional development workshops throughout the season. Workshops are focused on the current HD Live in Schools season and are intended to help teachers learn strategies and techniques to bring opera to life in the classroom.

Log in to easily sign up for workshops!


Past Workshops

La Cenerentola Teacher Workshop

La Cenerentola Workshop

Thursday, April 10, 4:30-6:30 pm
List Hall, The Metropolitan Opera
Curriculum Connections: Music, Theater, Italian, English/Language Arts, World Literature, European History,  Musical Theater
Grade Level: 3rd grade and up

Workshop is free and open to all teachers.

 Cenerentola

Join us on Thursday, April 10  for an experiential workshop designed introduce educators to Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Using Cinderella interpretations across many cultures, teaching artist Chris Czajka will employ storytelling, tableau, analysis, and  creative writing as tools to connect your students to the opera.  The workshop will begin with a 30-minute introduction to the opera given by a Met staffer.

A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces – a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. The opera, however, transcends its roots as a children’s tale in its humane and realistic approach, making the title heroine’s transformation one of character rather than stereotype. This is Cinderella for the Age of Reason – no mice turn into coachmen, no pumpkin turns into a coach, and there’s no fairy godmother. It is an excellent opportunity for your students to use their analytical, literary, and close-reading skill sets to explore different adaptations of this age-old narrative, and consider why the myth continues to have such a firm hold over our culture’s imagination.

 Training rate payment is available for teachers who attend the workshop and bring students to the May 10 La Cenerentola broadcast. Met workshops also count towards required professional development hours. Also, attend the workshop and you will be able to purchase discounted tickets ($55.00) to Bellini’s I Puritani  on Thursday, April 17 at 7:30pm.

Werther Workshops

Werther Workshop

Wednesday, February 12, 4:30–6:30pm
List Hall, The Metropolitan Opera
Curriculum Connections: Music, Theater, English Literature and Language Arts, Social Studies, and Philosophy/Ethics
Grade Level: 7th grade and up

Workshop is free and open to all teachers.

 Werther

Join us on Wednesday, February 12 for an experiential workshop designed introduce educators to Massenet’s Werther.  Using theatrical strategies to inspire writing, revision, and prediction, participants will explore the characters, plot, and themes of the opera.  Teaching Artist Karla Hendrick will employ movement, spectacle, tableau, analysis, and descriptive language as tools to investigate post-viewing opportunities to connect your students to the opera.  The workshop will begin with a 30-minute introduction to the opera given by a Met staffer.

Massenet based his 1892 work on a best-selling book from a century earlier, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, first published in 1774. The 24-year-old Goethe wrote this semi-autobiographical novel as a series of letters in which his protagonist recounts his love for

Charlotte, a young woman who is betrothed to another man. This impossible, ever-intensifying love leads the self-absorbed Werther to suicide. But where Goethe brought his readers into Werther’s feverish mind, Massenet and his librettists, Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet, and Georges Hartmann, open out into the community, offering rich, full characterizations of Charlotte, her husband, Albert, and a society in which the protagonists’ passions collide with convention and honor.

Training rate payment is available for teachers who attend the workshop and bring students to the March 15 Werther broadcast. Met workshops also count towards required professional development hours. Also, attend the workshop and you will be able to purchase discounted tickets ($55.00) to Dvořák’s Rusalka on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30pm.

Falstaff Workshop

Wednesday, November 20, 4:30–6:30pm
List Hall, The Metropolitan Opera
Curriculum Connections: Music, Theater, English Literature and Language Arts, Social Studies, and Philosophy/Ethics
Grade Level: 5th grade and up

Workshop is free and open to all teachers.

Falstaff

Join us on Wednesday, November 20 for an experiential workshop designed introduce educators to Verdi’s Falstaff through Shakespeare’s character from Henry IV, Part 1 and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Teaching Artist Elizabeth London will guide participants as they perform monologues and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, compare these texts with Boito’s libretto, and then add Verdi’s music to fully bring language, character, and staging to life. Mary Jo Heath, Senior Radio Producer for Met Radio will precede the workshop with an introduction to Falstaff.

 

After a series of intimate tragedies like Rigoletto and La Traviata, historical epics like Aida and Don Carlo, and dense re-imaginings of Shakespeare in Macbeth and Otello, the last thing 19th century opera-goers might have expected from Giuseppe Verdi was a rollicking, character-driven comedy. Yet that’s what the composer , in his 79th year, chose for what would be his final opera. Inspired by the character of Sir John Falstaff, who appears in three of Shakespeare’s plays, Verdi and his librettist, Arrigo Boito, created a work of sophisticated musical and dramatic invention, slapstick humor, and philosophical truth.

Training rate payment is available for teachers who attend the workshop and bring students to the December 14 Falstaff broadcast. Met workshops also count towards required professional development hours. Also, attend the workshop and you will be able to purchase discounted tickets ($55.00) to Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 20, 4:30–6:30pm
List Hall, The Metropolitan Opera
Curriculum Connections: Music, Theater, English Literature and Language Arts, Social Studies, and Philosophy/Ethics
Grade Level: 5th grade and up

Workshop is free and open to all teachers.

From the soft, stirring notes of the prelude to the magnificent Triumphal March and the heart-wrenching finale, Aida has captured the imaginations of operagoers for nearly a century and a half. At first glance an epic, monumental drama of ancient Egypt, it is at its heart the simplest and most tragic of tales – an intimate story of loves forbidden, unrequited, and enmeshed in a struggle for imperial power. Verdi’s boldly atmospheric and colorful score never overwhelms the expressions of tenderness, jealousy, and longing that drive its three central characters: an Egyptian warrior, the enslaved Ethiopian princess he loves, and her royal mistress.

Join us on Tuesday, November 13 for an interactive workshop exploring the tangled web of love and duty in Verdi’s Aida. The activities will examine the plot, characters, and complex interpersonal relationships in the opera.  We’ll consider the Western European essence of this ancient Egyptian opera, as well as the relevance of its artistry a century and a half after its premiere. Calling attention to both the opera’s timeless truths and its cultural contradictions, this workshop will offer educators knowledge and critical resources with which to enhance their students’ enjoyment of this Live in HD production.

Training rate payment is available for teachers who attend the workshop and bring students to the December 15 Aida broadcast. Met workshops also count towards required professional development hours. Attend the workshop, and purchase discounted tickets ($27.50) to Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm.