The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is participating in a unique pilot program that is designed to spark an interest in opera and arts careers for young residents living in public and assisted housing. NYCHA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Washington National Opera and the New York City Opera will host a simulcast presentation of Puccini's La Bohème on Sunday, September 23rd, along with a pre- and post- workshop that will educate public housing youth about career opportunities in the field of opera.
Prior to the simulcast presentation of La Bohème, NYCHA hosted "Introduction to La Bohème" at Rutgers Community Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, September 19th for residents who will attend the opera on Sunday. During the workshop, a teaching artist from the New York City Opera explained the love story of La Bohème, which is sung in Italian and presented with English subtitles.
After the opera, attendees will participate in a post workshop on Tuesday, September 25th where New York City Opera teaching artists will reveal internship and apprenticeship opportunities that are offered by opera companies. The Washington National Opera, for example, created its Placido Domingo Intern/Apprentice Program in 2003 to provide hands-on experience and on-the-job training for careers in arts administration, including artistic administration, special events planning, marketing and audience services, public relations, finance, opera production, and young artist programs.
NYCHA works to enhance the quality of life of its residents by offering opportunities to participate in a multitude of community, educational and recreational programs, as well as job-readiness and training initiatives. NYCHA's Community Centers and Senior Centers serve as hubs for most of its recreational, cultural and educational programs.
The national simulcast of La Bohème will be shown on a large screen at Rutgers Community Center, 200 Madison Avenue, in Manhattan on Sunday, September 23rd. For more information call 212-385-9349.
September 20, 2007