O’Donnells Bring Metropolitan Opera to DISD

Mariusz Kwiecien plays the title role in "Don Giovanni."

Thanks to the generosity of Bluffview residents Peter and Edith O’Donnell, all DISD students and their families will have the opportunity to view four high-definition simulcasts of Metropolitan Opera performances. The first — Mozart’s Don Giovanni — will be shown at 11:55 a.m. Saturday at my alma mater, the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

“The arts are essential to a student’s education,” Peter O’Donnell said. “We are pleased to bring the opera experience to students in the Dallas Independent School District. Opera truly represents the intersection of the arts and humanities — voice, theater, dance, music, design, history, language, and literature. It is our belief that these simulcasts will be a vital tool in educating the next generation for the arts.”

The Dallas Opera will provide speakers after each performance, and teachers will receive specialized training on how to incorporate opera into their curriculum.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” said Alan King, DISD’s interim superintendent. “To see the opera in this setting will be truly breathtaking, and will hopefully expose students to worlds they never knew existed.”

The performances are open to students from any DISD campus, excluding kindergartners through third-graders. For more information, click here.

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