Who's Afraid of Opera?
March 22, 2006 6:30 PM Subscribe
Panda's Thumb reports
elementary music teacher Tresa Wagonner
was put on paid administrative leave by the superintendent of schools in Bennett, Colorado. Her offense? Playing a 12-minute clip from the thirty-year-old children's series "Who's Afraid of Opera?"
for her classroom. The series features legendary soprano Joan Sutherland and some cute little hand-puppets who alternate elementary explanations of the libretti with vocal performances of selections from the operas featured. Apparently, Ms. Wagonner's selected episode, Gounod’s Faust
, angered fundamentalist Bennettians, already on the warpath over Waggoner's musical choices
for last year's Christmas pageant.
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