Thursday, March 2, 4:30 – 6:00pm
List Hall, Metropolitan Opera House
Curriculum Connections: Music, Music Theory, Theater, English Literature and Language Arts, Drama, Humanities
Grade Level: 6th grade and up
Workshop is free and open to all teachers.
Join us on Thursday, March 2 for an experiential workshop designed to introduce educators to Verdi's opera La Traviata. In Italian, Verdi's La Traviata is referred to as a "Melodramma in tre atti," or a "melodrama in three acts." The term "melodrama" has had multiple meanings over time. It has variously meant the text set as an opera, an opera itself, and the pairing of acting with music. The more familiar, contemporary definition of "melodrama" is a dramatic or literary work—such as a novel, play, film, or TV show—that deals with exaggerated emotions, interpersonal conflicts, and romantic topics. But is Verdi's "melodramma" a melodrama? In this workshop, we will engage in a variety of activities to examine the characteristics of melodrama, evaluate La Traviata against the criteria of melodrama, and use the most melodramatic of all platforms—social media—to examine the emotions of the opera's characters.
Training rate payment is available for teachers who attend the workshop and bring students to the workshop and bring students to the March 11 broadcast of La Traviata. Met workshops also count towards required professional development hours. After attending the workshop, you will be eligible to purchase discounted tickets ($55) to the Met performance of La Traviata on Saturday, March 4 at 8:000pm.