Recently, 43 sixth graders and Opera Club members from Yavneh Academy attended the final dress rehearsal of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The trip was organized by Yavneh music director Mrs. Marsha Greenberg Motzen. The Opera Club, a popular club at Yavneh, is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. So far this year, the club has seen Madama Butterfly, Le Comte Ory, and The Magic Flute. Yavneh is the only yeshiva in the tri-state area that is a member of the Metropolitan Opera Educational program and Yavneh students have been studying opera since 2001. “One of the distinguishing characteristics of Yavneh Academy,” said Mrs. Motzen, “is our belief that an exposure to and education in the arts makes for a more well-rounded educational experience.” Watching a dress rehearsal at the Met is certainly an unforgettable experience for the students.