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Student Dress Rehearsals

Grades 7-12

Daughter of the Regiment | Photo by: David Bachman

The Student Open Rehearsal Program introduces students in grades 7-12 to opera by giving them the opportunity to attend the final rehearsals of Washington National Opera’s main stage productions. Presented in the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, the open 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. Additionally, students have the opportunity to glimpse how a world-class professional company operates in its last moments of preparation before a major performance.

Prior to the rehearsal, classes receive materials 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. ArtsEdge provides additional information and activities online at artsedge.kennedy-center.org.

In the 2016-2017 season, WNO invites students and their teachers to experience:

The Marriage of Figaro , The Daughter of the Regiment , Dead Man Walking , and Madame Butterfly .

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sung in Italian with projected English Titles

The barber of Seville is getting hitched today! Handsome Figaro, the personal valet to Count Almaviva, is head over heels for sweet Susanna, the Countess’s maid. It’s certainly a day of madness in the palace—especially with the Count’s designs on the bride-to-be. So Figaro hatches a plan to outfox his master with a barrage of tricks. Soon, everyone’s involved in the farcical antics, from a vengeful doctor and his matronly housekeeper to a bumbling teenage page! Mozart’s breathlessly paced comic masterpiece comes to vibrant life through enchanting music marked by glorious arias, tender duets, and the celebrated effervescent overture. Clever disguises and absurd mix-ups keep the laughs and surprises coming in this charming exploration of the perils of temptation, the grace of forgiveness, and the triumph of love.

Standards Connections: English Language Arts—Reading: Literature (RL.3)

Date:
Tuesday, September 20, 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 Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti

Sung in French with projected English Titles

Marie is no ordinary canteen girl—she was orphaned on a battlefield and adopted by a squadron of French soldiers she affectionately calls her fathers. All grown up, this spunky young woman is in love with strapping Tonio, a peasant who once saved her life but is still woefully forbidden to ask for her hand. Adding to this troublesome snafu, a mysterious Marquise from Marie’s past has come to whisk her away and raise her as a proper lady. Facing a future of high-society fashions, classical ballet lessons, and a dreaded arranged marriage, what’s a tomboy like Marie to do? Donizetti’s masterful opéra comique blends incredible vocal acrobatics with hummable melodies, flag-waving anthems, innocent romance, and plenty of slapstick faux pas.

Date:
Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades:
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835
TEACHERS:
You are invited to attend a special lecture about The Daughter of the Regiment. See The Kennedy Center School Brochure for details
.

Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie

Sung in English with projected English Titles

Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s real-life memoirs, which also inspired the 1995 film, Dead Man Walking infuses its score with American popular styles to become an instant modern classic. London’s Guardian raved that it “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” Sentenced to die for a double-murder he swears he didn’t commit, hardened convict Joseph De Rocher asks a kindhearted nun to help him with one last appeal. Prejean accepts his request, only to begin her own searing journey through the emotional and spiritual ramifications of his supposed crime. As execution day ticks closer, the young nun finds herself empathizing with Joseph’s predicament. But once his family and the victims’ relatives share their harrowing stories, she struggles to reconcile the paradox of mercy and compassion with society’s demand for justice.

Standards Connections: English Language Arts—Reading: Literacy (RL.3, RL.9); Media Arts—Connecting (Cn11)

Date:
Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades:
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

Madam Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Co-production of Opera Omaha and San Francisco Opera
Sung in Italian with projected English Titles

The sun rises on turn-of-the-century Nagasaki, where dashing American naval officer Pinkerton has chosen Cio-Cio-San to be his bride. A naïve young geisha on the verge of womanhood, the clearly smitten and fiercely loyal “Butterfly” dismisses warnings of the lieutenant’s ulterior motives. When betrayal inevitably strikes, and Butterfly must endure both shame and sorrow, she decides to take destiny into her own hands—leading to one of the most devastating and legendary final scenes in all of opera. This dramatic staging of Puccini’s beloved masterpiece features dazzling sets and costumes by Jun Kaneko. This “superb” and “inventive” production reminds us “why we love these operas in the first place—and why we keep coming back” (The San Francisco Chronicle).

Standards Connections: Social Studies—History, World Cultures

Date:
Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Fee:
$15 each (students, teachers, and chaperones)
Grades:
7-12
Registration:
The Kennedy Center School Brochure or call 202-416-8835

Teachers:

Attend the lecture, The Daughter of the Regiment Experiencing Opéra Comique, on Thursday, November 10, 4:30-5:45 p.m., and attend a free open rehearsal that evening from 7-10 p.m. See the school brochure for more details.

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.

School Performances / Events

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