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Alice Coote as Hansel and Christine Schäfer as Gretel in Humperdinck's opera, streamed free at the Met's Global Summer Camp
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Owen Mortimer

Drop the kids off at the Met Opera’s online summer camp

1:43, 29th May 2020

The Metropolitan Opera is launching the Met Opera Global Summer Camp, a new educational initiative to engage and support students worldwide. The free, eight-week online summer camp, from June 15 to August 7, will include a featured opera each week from the Met’s extensive digital library of performances; hands-on creative projects; instruction from core educators and teaching artists; and opportunities to speak directly with Met artists.

 The Met Opera Global Summer Camp will take place five days a week and consist of programming for two age groups: 8 to 12 and 13 to 18. Each day, core educators or teaching artists will lead students in a hands-on activity, such as puppet-making and song-writing, to enhance students’ understanding of that week’s featured opera.

First, the educator will present the activity live on Zoom. Then, to accommodate the global reach of the program, a recording will be uploaded to Google Classroom for students to engage with the activity at any time. ‘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.

The featured operas (streamed from Wednesday to Friday in each week of the camp) are Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (English-language version, June 15-19); Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (June 22-26); Dvořák’s Rusalka (June 29-July 3); Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (July 6-10); Mozart’s The Magic Flute (English-language version, July 13-17); Lehár’s The Merry Widow (English-language version, July 20-24); Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment (July 27-31); and Mozart’s Così fan tutte (August 3-7).

  The Met Opera Global Summer Camp  expands on the Met’s Free Student Streams. Designed to support students, teachers, and families learning and working remotely during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis,. To date, the educational programming for the Free Student Streams has reached nearly 35,000 students and teachers from more than 30 countries in the program’s live online discussions via Facebook and Zoom. The opera streams have received 47,264 views.

 

For more the full Global Summer Camp schedule go to metopera.org/GlobalSummerCamp.

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