WHY met Opera:
Dallas ISD is one of the only districts in the world to possess its own HD movie theater specifically designed to receive live broadcasts from the world renown Metropolitan Opera.
Townview Music students learn about each opera and are able to attend these productions completely free of charge.
All music students are required to attend one production per year.
Townview Choir students attending a masterclass with world-renown
opera singer, Joyce DiDonato
about the opera:
The Metropolitan Opera, situated in New York City, is one of the most prominent centers for art and music in the world.
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World famous opera singer, Ryan Speedo Green visits with Townview students about his life, career, and performing at the Metropolitan Opera.
"No Strings Attached," Townview's pop acappella group works with Deke Sharon, the world's preeminent expert in contemporary a cappella music.
this year's operas:
DEC 09, 2023; 12:00 pm: Florencia en el Amazonas
– Expected run time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Sung in Spanish and inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera tells the enchanting story of a Brazilian opera diva who returns to her homeland to perform at the legendary opera house of Manaus—and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle. The December 9 performance stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia Grimaldi, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to lead a spellbinding new production by Mary Zimmerman that brings the mysterious and magical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage. A distinguished ensemble of artists portray the diva’s fellow travelers on the river boat to Manaus, including soprano Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his enigmatic first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the feuding couple Paula and Álvaro.
JAN 27, 2024; 12:00pm: Carmen (Bizet)
– Expected run time: 3 hours, 21 minutes
On January 27, acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell brings a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries. Dazzling young mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the complex and volatile title role, alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo
**All running times are approximate and subject to change.