In addition to staging world-class productions, featuring some of opera’s most important artists, the Metropolitan Opera offers educational programs and resources to help students in New York City and other parts of the country learn more about the performing arts. On the Met’s website, educators can access a library of guides about composers and their work, as well as audio excerpts and ideas for classroom discussion and activities to bring the opera to life in a school setting.
Educator guides cover more than 30 operas, including those produced as part of the 2017-2018 season. They include Tosca, L’Elisir d’Amore, Cendrillon, and Cosi Fan Tutte. The guides are available in both English and Spanish and feature opera curriculum that adheres to state and national academic standards.
Alongside the educator guides, the Met offers educational videos that introduce viewers to performers and provide a behind-the-scenes look at opera production. With the Met on Demand: Student Access service, college faculty and students can also access a catalogue of full-length performances produced during the Met’s 80-plus-year television broadcast history. Other educational resources offered through the Met include HD Live in Schools, which brings live opera to students in three dozen states.