Supporting students during the Metropolitan Opera:
Live in HD Transmission
Thanks to print and audio recording, much about opera can be enjoyed long before a performance. But performance itself remains an incomparable embarrassment of riches—sound and color, pageantry and technology, drama, skill, and craft. The following activities are designed to help students tease apart different aspects of the experience, consider creative choices that have been made, and sharpen their own critical faculties.
Each activity incorporates a reproducible activity sheet. Students bring the activity sheet to the transmission for filling out during intermission and/or after the final curtain. The activities direct attention to characteristics of the production that might otherwise go unnoticed. Ratings matrices invite students to express their critique, a time-tested prompt for careful thinking.
My Highs & Lows
The basic activity sheet is called My Highs & Lows. Meant to be collected, opera by opera, over the course of the season, this sheet points students toward a consistent set of objects of observation. Its purposes are not only to help students articulate and express their opinions, but to support comparison and contrast, enriching understanding of the art form as a whole.
Black and Light
The production of Macbeth students will hear and see in this Live in HD transmission incorporates a very distinctive visual design. Its sets and lighting are inspired by the metaphoric darkness of the story. The costumes suggest the director’s understanding of
Macbeth as an opera with strong contemporary relevance. The Black and Light activity sheet concentrates on these visual and graphic elements, specific to the Met’s current interpretation of Macbeth.