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A special program for the 2015/2016 season is OPERA 360, an enriching experience for all ISO’s students created in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Martina Arroyo Foundation. By looking at opera from various perspectives, students will gain new insights into this art form.

  • Experiencing: ISO’s 355 students will attend performances at the Metropolitan Opera of one of the focus operas: Tosca, Il Trovatore, Turandot, Abduction from the Seraglio, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Manon Lescaut.
  • Performing: Each ensemble will perform an excerpt from one those opera (their “focus opera”), which they will perform in concerts in April  and May:
    • The ISO Symphony, Concert Orchestra, and Symphonic Band will perform their opera program on May 18 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Young professional singers from the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s program will perform arias with the orchestras.
    • The five junior ensembles will perform operatic selections on May 15 at Symphony Space.
    • In April, the ensembles will also perform free community concerts in a variety of locations, bringing operatic music and arias with full orchestral accompaniment to community centers for children, seniors, and others with limited access to this music.
  • Studying: The Metropolitan Opera Guild will provide students with study guides to their focus opera and send a teaching artist to present and review the study guides with our students.
  • Learning: Musicians from the Met Opera Orchestra will coach the Symphony and Concert Orchestra in opera excerpts and other repertory.

OPERA 360 will provide ISO’s 355 students with a rich experience of opera, as well as bringing the beauty and joy of operatic music to an audience of more than 2,000, including hundreds of public school children.

Funding of $20,000 is needed for tickets for students to attend the Met, fees for coaches from the Met Opera Orchestra and the vocal soloists, and to produce the concerts. Donations in any amount are welcome!