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Atlanta students listen, learn through local Met Opera broadcasts

A scene from Rossini's "La Cenerentola."
A scene from Rossini's "La Cenerentola."

Students in eight Atlanta schools have been participating in the sixth season of the Metropolitan Opera’s The Met: HD Live in Schools this year. The program is a groundbreaking cross-disciplinary education course that uses opera to enhance students’ studies in a variety of subject areas, including music, theater, history, and English Language Arts.

“Since the launch of the program in 2008, The Met: HD Live in Schools has reached more than 55,000 students across the country,” said Geri Thomas, Georgia market president, Bank of America, which is the founding sponsor of the program. “This unique program will bring many students their first experience with opera, and we hope it will spark a lifetime love of the arts.”

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is one of 33 districts around the country participating this season. The program combines the experience of watching some of the best opera in the country with supportive cross-curricular activities, tips and guided audio to help teachers integrate the performances into their classroom teaching.

Since last fall, students have had a chance to see Falstaff; Dvořák’s Rusalka, (based on the Little Mermaid legend); Massenet’s tragic romance Werther; and Puccini’s beloved classic La Bohème. The season broadcast finale is Rossini’s sprightly adaptation of the Cinderella story, La Cenerentola on May 10.

APS schools participating are:

·         Benjamin E. Mays High School

·         Bunche Middle School

·         Deerwood Academy

·         Douglass High School

·         Grady High School

·         Maynard Jackson High School

·         North Atlanta High School

·         Young Middle School 

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