Bronxville Union Free School District

Chorus Students Go Behind the Scenes at Metropolitan Opera House

Eighteen Bronxville High School chorus students, accompanied by choral director Pamela Simpson, drama teacher Peter Royal and parent volunteers, had the incredible opportunity to tour the Metropolitan Opera House backstage and see a production of “Carmen” on Jan. 27.

“Seeing everything that goes into creating a production from behind the scenes was an eye-opener for all of us,” said Simpson, who added that the students got an exclusive look of the backstage area, costume rooms and main theater. “Everything is made in-house for every production, including all the costumes, wigs, shoes, scenery, sets and props.”

Metropolitan Opera Guild members, who served as guides to the group, discussed the history of the opera house, which opened in 1966 in its present location, and shared anecdotes about different performances.

“Nearly everyone was working while we were there and we heard singers rehearsing as we walked through the hallways,” Simpson said. “Most of our students hadn't experienced a live opera and when they expressed interest, I wanted to make it happen for them.”