Opera Look-In: La Traviata

Washington National Opera performance/demonstration

Grades 4–8, Opera House (50 minutes), October 12, 2018

Theater and music come together in this introduction to opera and La traviata, one of the world’s most beloved operas. Violetta is the life of every party, but she holds a secret: her poor health means she may not be long for this world. When she meets Alfredo, happily-ever-after finally seems within reach, but could it really be that simple? This story of love, sacrifice, and social class includes famously recognizable tunes. At this Look-In, students hear amazing performances; see demonstrations of behind-the-scenes technology, lighting, and stagecraft; and get a glimpse into the many careers available in stage performance, both onstage and behind the curtains.

Core Connections:
This performance is connected to the following Common Core Standards:
English Language Arts—Literacy in History/Social Studies (RH.2, RH.7)
Theatre—Performing (Pr.5.b—Technical)

From the costumes to the set to the stories to the music, everything in opera is big
These resources offer ways to look at the concept of love beyond the lovey-dovey. Whether as sweeping ballet choreography or tragic Shakespearean poetry, you'll explore how love can be expressed in different artistic contexts.

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