HD Live in Schools Educator Conferences

National Educator Conference

Each season, the Met’s National Educator Conference brings together teachers and administrators from across the United States for an intensive professional development experience. Through workshops, keynotes, and conversations with opera stars and members of the Met’s creative teams, the conference helps educators identify and cultivate strategies for incorporating opera into their classrooms.

This year’s conference, “The Mythic Power of Teachers,” took place on October 11-14, 2022 in New York City. Over the course of four days, teachers considered how to address anti-LGBTQ+ bias and bullying in the classroom; how to bring movement into the opera curriculum; how to study adaptation across form and medium; and how to teach new operas never before seen on stage. We welcomed back actress and podcaster Susan Blackwell as conference moderator, as well as a roster of special guests from the Met and beyond. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and perform a new a cappella arrangement of “Una furtiva lagrima” from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and learn three dances from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Participating districts are invited to send up to two educators, all expenses paid, to attend the conference.


Virtual Educator Conferences

Following the annual National Educator Conference, Met Opera Education hosts virtual conferences throughout the school year for those who unable to attend the national conference in person, as well as teachers preparing for upcoming HD Live in School broadcasts. These meetings are moderated by actress and podcaster Susan Blackwell and engage Met artists, academics, and educators from around the globe. In addition to serving our HD Live in Schools core community of educators, they have been attended by teachers and opera lovers from 40+ countries on six continents. Register for this season’s series of virtual conferences below!

Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 2:00-5:30PM ET
Exploring Falstaff
Hosted on Zoom; guest speakers and detailed schedule be be announced.


Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 6:30-8:30PM ET
Exploring Champion and Don Giovanni
Hosted on Zoom; guest speakers and detailed schedule be be announced.