POP has been dedicated to reaching young audiences with performance and education since our inception. During the pandemic, POP has worked with our education partners to design Education Packets to accompany some of our productions.
If you know of a school or group that would like to partner in digital education experiences, please put us in touch!
FREE DIGITAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
By Giacomo Puccini
Madama Butterfly is about the marriage between a beautiful Japanese girl and a brash American Naval officer that begins with passionate love, but ends in tragedy. Composed over 100 years ago by Giacomo Puccini, it premiered on February 17, 1904, at La Scala Opera House in Milan. The original libretto was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
This production was the first ever true-to-story, bilingual Madama Butterfly. With a new libretto written by Josh Shaw (Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Project, Los Angeles) and Eiki Isomura (Artistic Director of Opera in the Heights, Houston), the production presented Puccini’s story as if it would have actually happened and attempted to answer the question: How would Butterfly and Pinkerton have communicated?
MAGIC FLUTE (AKA SUPERFLUTE)
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart lived and composed during a time known as the Age of Enlightenment (sometimes called the Age of Reason). This title refers to the guiding intellectual movement of the time which aimed to establish authoritative ethics, aesthetics, and knowledge based on an "enlightened" reasoning. Enlightenment thinkers argued that reason could free humankind from superstition and religious authoritarianism, and advocated for the causes of personal freedom and education. From its inception, the Enlightenment focused on the power and goodness of human rationality. The movement provided a framework for the American and French revolutions, as well as the rise of capitalism and the birth of socialism.
Much of Mozart’s life and music were shaped by the Enlightenment and its principles. His travels to England and France had exposed him to the ideals of independence and equality, and eventually, Mozart sought to support himself with public concerts and commissions, as opposed to remaining in the service of the court. His operas also examined Enlightenment ideology; for instance, in The Marriage of Figaro, servants play a central role. Previously, servants were comic figures to be laughed at; but Mozart presented them on stage as equally worthy of attention as any nobleman.
The Enlightenment brought the now widely accepted principles of reason and equality into the public consciousness throughout much of Europe, and its leaders spoke out against aristocracy, class division, and religious and racial prejudice.