A Workshop for Teachers on Madama Butterfly

Monday, March 14, 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 Monday, March 14 for a workshop designed to introduce educators to Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly. Puccini’s tale of a young Japanese geisha who marries an American naval officer who then leaves her explores themes of devotion and irresponsibility, fidelity and justice. This experiential workshop will explore the differing perspectives of the characters in Madama Butterfly and the forces that lead to Cio-Cio San’s tragic end, using activities that reveal the difficulties inherent when people of various cultures, perspectives, and viewpoints meet. Participants will become familiar with the plot, characters, and themes of the opera, and engage in a culminating activity that uses the opera’s central conflict of differing perspectives to create an original operatic number based on contemporary events.  

Training rate payment is available for teachers who attend the workshop and bring students to the April 2 broadcast of Madama Butterfly. 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 Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm.

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