January 2022

Lesson Plan

Live on Zoom

Lesson Plan

Based on Georg Philipp Telemann’s Der Schulmeister.
Additional music, libretto, and singing translation by Rachel J. Peters

Presented Live on Zoom

Our live and interactive digital production Lesson Plan brought an internationally celebrated operatic contralto (Stephanie Blythe) into the world of Zoom teaching while her headlining stage engagements are put on hold. Thought to be teaching trained singers at a prestigious conservatory, she caught her assistant in a scheduling faux pas and instead took the Zoom stage for a classroom of liberal arts students at a community college with the same acronym – a group with little singing experience or interest in what the great diva had in mind. Intercepted by an overwhelmed school administrator (Laquita Mitchell) with a side hustle as an amateur choir director, the pair clashed over teaching technique, singing and the true meaning of art. While scales and arias were part of the curriculum, with a little humor and a lot of heart, they left with a much more valuable lesson in humility, humanity, and truly finding their voice.


Friday, January 21st at 7:30pm EST
Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm EST
Saturday, January 22nd at 7:30pm EST
Friday, January 28th at 7:30pm EST
Saturday, January 29th at 2pm EST
Saturday, January 29th at 7:30pm EST

Find the program for Lesson Plan here!


Running time: Approximately 45 minutes
Language: English
Lesson Plan was performed live over zoom and featured select interactive moments with the audience.

For additional reading about the creation of Lesson Plan, read this blog post from librettist, Rachel J. Peters!


This production is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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