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Second Annual Festival of Classroom Operas

May 28, 2013 3:34:00 PM
By BLO Staff

This
Friday, Boston Lyric Opera hosts its second Music!
Words! Opera!
Festival of Classroom Operas at Wheelock Family Theatre. In
this culminating, celebratory event, classrooms join theatre
workshops, share their opera knowledge, and demonstrate selections from their original
classroom operas.
So
what is Music! Words! Opera! exactly?
This interactive, multi-disciplinary curriculum from OPERA America is currently
BLO’s principal youth program. It is designed by a team of opera professionals,
composers, curriculum specialists and classroom teachers to bring opera right into
school classrooms. 
The curriculum has two components: first, students are
introduced to the world of opera, learning its language, history and structure
while studying opera and music-theater masterpieces. For the second half of the
curriculum, students work with their teachers and BLO teaching artists to
create a libretto and music to produce and perform their very own opera. M!W!O! reflects the highly
interdisciplinary nature of opera as it uses the art form to aid students and
teachers in their explorations of history, language, literature and music. Furthermore,
with the Create Your Own component, M!W!O! also encourages students to find
new creative means of self-expression.
During
the summer, BLO offers a free one-week-long Teacher Training Workshop (PDP’s
available) to any educator who is interested in bringing the arts into their
classrooms. The workshop is led by skilled facilitators from OPERA America who
provide all the tools and resources educators need, not only to teach students
about opera, but also to guide them through the creative process of writing an original
music-theater work. While learning invaluable classroom arts education skills
and earning professional development points, teachers also create and perform
their own original opera at the end of the summer workshop.
Classrooms
participating in M!W!O! also receive
many other opera enrichment opportunities with BLO. This past year, participating
classrooms were invited to visit a rehearsal of BLO productions of Madama Butterfly and The Flying Dutchman. Nearly 250 students
came to the Shubert Theatre and experienced a full-length professional
opera production.
In the
spring, BLO also arranges Classroom Visits by teaching artists for participating
classrooms. During these visits, a BLO singer and pianist demonstrate live
opera performances but also talk about their personal experience, sharing the
details of life as a performer of opera. Students also have the opportunity to
share their works-in-progress and receive professional feedback as they prepare
to perform their own original works at the M!W!O!
Festival in May.
As BLO wraps
up the year with the M!W!O! Festival
as its grand finale, it is also preparing to greet new teachers and
participants for the 2013/14 season. Registration for the free summer workshop is
now open! (Click HERE to register) You can also watch and listen for
more about this exciting opportunity by viewing these videos: Introduction to M!W!O!
and Teacher's Workshop Performance.
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