Utah Opera school programs give students opportunities to develop skills in music as identified in the state core curriculum while they are being introduced to the basic elements of the art form of opera; our programs also show audiences that being involved in the art form can be moving, thrilling, and fun. We hope to inspire promising young artists and give them experience with the variety of artistic activities and careers involved in the creation, development, and production of opera. Our Resident Artists are young artists from the professional opera field: a quartet of singers selected from national auditions
Who wants to be an Opera Star?
For elementary school students, "Who Wants to be an OPERA STAR?," is an introduction to the art form of opera through the framework of a television game show. The assembly runs as a series of questions and competitions, with four singers in the roles of MC and contestants. Studio audience members (the students) will learn about voice types, arias, duets, props and costumes. They will also participate in identifying emotions and clapping rhythms in musical selections taken from some of the world's favorite operas.
"I think the biggest advantage of this assembly is to give the students an opportunity to hear something very few, if any, of them have the chance to experience. It opens up their minds to new, creative possibilities. It makes opera accessible. I love it!" - Midvale Elementary School Teacher, Canyons school district.
My 1st graders were very engaged in listening and watching the performers sing , dance, and act. After the assembly, all of my students became opera singers on the playground at recess. :) They loved it!- West Valley Elementary School Teacher, Granite School District
Freeze Frame: The Elixir of Love
For secondary school audiences, Utah Opera Resident Artists presents “The Elixir of Love” a short, English version of the comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti. In “The Elixir of Love” sassy cowgirl Adina can’t seem to get shy ranch hand Nemorino to declare his love for her. When a rival, the soldier Belcore, appears on the scene, Nemorino buys a “magic love potion” from Dr. Dulcamara to try to win Adina’s heart. The Resident Artists narrate the action, explaining the elements of drama and opera occurring in the scene. The program runs 45 minutes and can include a question-and-answer session at the end, if time allows. It must be performed in an auditorium or small theatre.
For secondary school students, we have created a scenes-and-dialogue program where our opera singers introduce concepts from opera and tell students about the scenes they will see. Resident Artists perform arias, duets and large ensembles from popular such as The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, and The Elixir of Love. This program is 45 minutes in length. It can be performed in an auditorium, gymnasium or other common space.
I loved that ties to the state standards were included in the teacher materials! We use the state performance assessment rubric for choirs to grade ourselves all the time, so the students are very familiar with that terminology. It really helped them to see such fantastic professional performances and relate it to what they're learning as singers themselves. DaVinci Academy Teacher, Charter School
Opera Up Close
Utah Opera offers "Opera Up Close" to high school choirs throughout the state of Utah. The program is designed to be presented during a single class period for a large choral audience, preferably in the choral class room. . During Opera Up Close, Utah Opera’s Resident Artists perform arias and ensemble pieces, give a brief introduction to opera, talk about their experiences as vocalists and performing artists, and answer questions from the student audience. This program is designed to be performed in a music classroom and can be tailored to fit within the time of a class period.
This is an invaluable tool! Keep doing it! It is always a wonderful thing to do with our students. Gunnison Valley High School Teacher, South Sanpete School District
I think this program is a wonderful vehicle for listening. It is always so much better to enjoy things live as opposed to recorded, and the kids stay more engaged. This will also help us with our performing because it will give me some incredible examples to refer back to when we talk about technique, performance engagement, and so on. Canyon View High School Teacher, Iron School District