Supporting Students During The Met: Live in HD Transmission

Thanks to print and audio recordings, much about opera can be enjoyed long before a performance. But performance itself brings vital layers of sound and color, pageantry and technology, drama, skill, and craft. Performance 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 Performance Activity incorporates a reproducible activity sheet. Students bring the activity sheet to the transmission to fill 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: use these ratings to spark discussions that call upon careful, critical 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.

Las Vegas Treasure Hunt

For Rigoletto, the other activity sheet, Las Vegas Treasure Hunt, draws students attention to Michael Mayer’s decision to exchange the 16th century for 1960 Las Vegas as the setting of his production. This activity will also prepare students for a post-show discussion of this directorial choice.

Either activity can provide the basis for class discussion after the transmission.