Culture Up Close

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Italian classes at Syosset High School took a field trip to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, where 36 students enjoyed a dress rehearsal of “Don Giovanni.” Featuring music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, the story is set in feudal Europe during the time of the French Revolution and is based on the legend of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer.
    
“One of the goals of our language program is to provide authentic cultural experiences for students,” said David Balsamo, administrative assistant for world languages. “In our Italian 4 Honors, SUPA [Syracuse University Project Advance], Level 5 and AP classes, students learn about famous Italian composers and their operas. One of the wonderful things about being so geographically close to New York City is that we can take advantage of its rich cultural offerings.”
    
Balsamo said another group of students will see “Aida” at the Met later this fall. The Met invites students to see select dress rehearsal performances, free of charge, before the productions are staged for the general public.