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Students Dress Rehearsal

Teachers:

Attend the lecture, Songs of the Whale: Moby-Dick Becomes an Opera, on Wednesday, February 19, 4:30-5:45 p.m. and attend the orchestra tech rehearsal from 7-10 p.m.

Registration: The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

Important Note:

This is an educational opportunity exclusively for students and their teachers. Only two chaperones per ten students are permitted. All students must be in grades 7-12.

Student Guid to Opera

Grades 7-12

The Student Dress Rehearsal Program introduces students in grades 7-12 to opera by giving them the opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsals of Washington National Opera’s main stage productions. Held in the grand Kennedy Center Opera House, the dress rehearsal is a full-length performance of the opera, with occasional pauses for technical or musical corrections. Students experience opera in a performance setting, and receive materials to help them understand and better appreciate the many dimensions of the art form.

Prior to the performance, classes receive Cuesheets, student study guides, designed to help classes prepare for the opera by providing information on the composer and the story, and posing questions of what to look and listen for at the opera.

In the 2013-2014 season, WNO invites students and their teachers to experience: Moby-Dick, The Elixir of Love, and The Magic Flute.

Moby-Dick by Heggie

Sung in English with English supertitles

One man’s obsession leaves a lethal wake of destruction in Jake Heggie’s critically acclaimed new opera of Herman Melville’s 19th-century literary masterwork. Bent on killing the fabled white whale that severed his leg, Captain Ahab relentlessly scours the ocean, without regard for the living souls who serve him aboard his ship. This new opera features nautical sets, dazzling multimedia visual effects, and a beautiful score.

Date:
Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

The Elixir of Love by Donizetti

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

In Donizetti’s loveable comic opera, handsome peasant Nemorino has fallen for fickle and feisty landowner Adina, but cannot compete with Sergeant Belcore, her wealthy but pompous suitor. Doctor Dulcamara steps in with the elixir of love, a “magical tonic” that gives Nemorino the courage to try to win Adina’s heart before her wedding with Sergeant Belcore. This masterpiece has become one of the world’s most frequently performed operas.

Date:
Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

The Magic Flute by Mozart

Sung in English with English supertitles

In Mozart’s final opera, a prince’s quest leads to love at first sight—but to prove his worth in marriage, he must first survive trials of wisdom and devotion. Lost in a faraway land, young Tamino is enlisted by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter from the hands of a sorcerer. With the aid of a magic flute and the bumbling, lovelorn Papageno, Tamino sets out on a fantastic adventure filled with danger and temptation, culminating in one final test at a mystical temple.

Date:
Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835