Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera

This February in New York, One To World hosted Fulbright Scholars and Fulbright Students as distinguished guests at the Metropolitan Opera.

Source: http://www.metopera.org/

The Outside View of the Metropolitan Opera

Scholars from Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Jordan, Lithuania, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey were among the delighted audience at the event.

Fulbrighters take picture together before entering the Metropolitan Opera

Fulbrighters take a picture together before entering the Metropolitan Opera

The first program on the agenda was a live performance of Le Nozze di Figaro, a popular comedy composed by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart about love, power, and fidelity. Besides the comical plot, which caused the audience to burst with laughter, the Scholars and Students were amused by the singing and music.

Source: http://www.metopera.org/

Actors performing a scene

The highlight of the event was the backstage tour, which granted the group access to the performers. Scholars were fascinated to see all the work that went into making the productions successful, and were astonished to meet and greet Roberto Alagna, a world class famous French tenor. In the words of Mathilde Peron, a Fulbright Student from France, “it was amazing!”

[Left to right) Fulbright Scholars Marcia Graminha from Brazil and Arunima Chauduri from India and Fulbright students, Margarita Elisa Troetsch from Panama and Ekaterina Kryakhova from Russia

[Left to right) Fulbright Scholars Marcia Graminha from Brazil and Arunima Chauduri from India and Fulbright students, Margarita Elisa Troetsch from Panama and Ekaterina Kryakhova from Russia

In the end, the group left with new friends, entertained minds, and a deep appreciation for the arts.

New friends, Fulbright Scholars Tawfiq Farouk from Jordan and Amilcar Pereira from Brazil

New friends, Fulbright Scholars Tawfiq Farouk from Jordan and Amilcar Pereira from Brazil