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Teachers:

Attend the lecture, Puccini's Timeless Opera: La bohème, on Wednesday, October 29, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. and attend the dress 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. With the exception of the family-friendly opera, which is open to a younger audience, all students must be in grades 7-12.

Student Dress Rehearsals

Grades 7-12

Student Guid to Opera

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 2014-2015 season, WNO invites students and their teachers to experience: La bohème, The Little Prince, and The Flying Dutchman and The Little Prince.

La bohème by Puccini

Sung in Italian with projected English titles

Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love returns in a brand-new production filled with moonlit duets, snowy streets, rowdy celebrations, and heartrending tears.

Date:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

The Little Prince by Portman

Sung in English with projected English titles

For its annual family-friendly opera, WNO brings all the joy and wonder of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic illustrated storybook. On his tiny home planet, a young boy spends his days protecting his only friend, a rose, from miniature volcanoes and ravenous baobab trees. When loneliness sets in, he begins a mystical quest across the cosmos to find new companionship.

Date:
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Fee:
$6 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades
4-6
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

The Flying Dutchman by Wagner

Sung in German with projected English titles

In this WNO revival, formidable bass-baritone and Grammy winner Eric Owens makes his staged role debut in Wagner's retelling of the nautical legend about a captain condemned to wander the seas in search of unconditional love.

Date:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

Cinderella by Rossini

Sung in Italian with projected English titles

Rossini's popular retelling of Charles Perrault's beloved Cinderella story adds a few fabulous twists to the traditional fairy tale. In this bright and whimsical production, a kindhearted girl named Angelina dreams of one day escaping her impoverished stepfather's castle. When the prince announces he'll choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to escape the tyranny of her vain stepsisters and take control of her own destiny.

Date:
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835