Macaulay Honors College Students Participate in Multimedia Opera Education Project at The Met

“My First Opera” segment detailing their experience will air on WNET’s SundayArts, Sunday, July 3rd at 12:00 pm on THIRTEEN.

In January 2011, six Macaulay Honors College freshmen journeyed backstage as cast and crew prepared for The Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China. In addition to blogging and “vlogging” about their five weeks backstage, WNET cameras followed the students as they interacted with composer John Adams, director Peter Sellars, Met general manager Peter Gelb and the many other professionals who make opera possible. The students also interviewed former New York Times editor Max Frankel, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the Nixon trip to Beijing in 1972.

On Sunday, July 3rd at 12:00 pm, a video segment documenting the students’ experience entitled “My First Opera” will air on WNET’s SundayArts. The program will rebroadcast at 3:00 p.m. on WLIW21.

The program was produced by Macaulay alum Daniel Allen ’08 (Hunter College), and shot by Daniel Cowen ’11 (Hunter College) and Christopher Figueroa ’06 (Brooklyn College), both Macaulay alums, and Christine Berrios ’13, a Macaulay student at Hunter College. Immediately following SundayArts, at 12:30 p.m., Nixon in China will be rebroadcast in its entirety.

“My First Opera” is a collaborative project between The Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc., Macaulay Honors College, and The Metropolitan Opera. Macaulay and Friends have previously partnered on several projects with WNET including National Parks: New Yorkers’ Memories and Baseball: A New York Love Story. In addition, CUNY student films have appeared on Reel13 through the CUNY Film Festival, and Macaulay students have participated in community outreach events across the NYC region

About Friends of THIRTEEN

The Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who act as liaisons between THIRTEEN and the community to: increase engagement with the station’s quality programming; promote use of its innovative educational resources; and expand support for public media as one of our nation’s great cultural resources.

About WNET

WNET is America’s flagship public media outlet, bringing quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. The parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET produces such acclaimed PBS series as Great PerformancesAmerican MastersNatureNeed to KnowCharlie Rose,Tavis Smiley and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online.  Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the MathNoah Comprende and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through SundayArtsReel 13NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.

About Macaulay Honors College

The Class of 2014 is the tenth Macaulay Honors College class, and their admission marked the beginning of the college’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Founded in 2001 by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Macaulay Honors College has already become one of the nation’s leading honors colleges, offering an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for future leaders of New York City—and beyond. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens, or Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students are awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship, giving them the freedom to pursue their academic goals without financial burdens. Macaulay further enriches students’ academic experience by providing a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries and other treasures around New York City. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see

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