Metropolitan Opera Announces Global Summer Camp Program

By David Salazar
(Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera has launched a Global Summer Camp set to begin on June 15.

The eight-week online summer program, which concludes on August 7, 2020, will allow students worldwide to gain access to the company’s extensive digital library of performances, in addition to engaging with hands-on creative projects as well as conversing with lead Met artists.

“At a time when students’ usual summer activities are being significantly curtailed, we’re happy to be providing them with some operatic fun and education,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb in a press release. “The response to our Free Student Streams over the past few months has been tremendous. Opera summer camp is a natural extension.”

Among the operas that students will learn about are “Hansel and Gretel,” “Don Pasquale,” “Rusalka,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “The Magic Flute,” “The Merry Widow,” “La Fille du Régiment,” and “Così fan Tutte.”

The camp will take place over five days every week with students divided up by age groups.

Here is a rundown of the curriculum.

On Monday, students will be introduced to an opera that they will learn about throughout the week.

On Tuesdays, they will engage in a Hands-On Project in which they dive into the selected opera’s story.

Wednesdays will provide them an opportunity to converse with Met Opera artists while Thursday will feature Career Corner and Opera Story Time with Met employees from a variety of department. Students will also be able to log on and hear a famed opera singer read a picturebook inspired by the opera of the week. Among the artists included in this project are Angel Blue, Christine Goerke, Isabel Leonard, Latonia Moore, and Anthony Roth Costanzo.

On Fridays, students will get to share examples of their work.

Students can stream the weekly opera every Wednesday through Friday.