High School Opera Program!

We are excited to announce High School Opera workshop at Center for the Musical Arts in lafayette! We are done with our season programs, and now it's time to work on skills and prepare!

Ages: 13-18
July 10-14, 9am-4pm at the Center for the Musical Arts in Lafayette
Cost: $350
Enrollment Deadline: June 26

If you are an experienced singer, this unique program will give you a glimpse into the fascinating world of opera! This intensive course includes voice lessons, repertoire coaching, diction, acting and character development classes, as well as Alexander technique and yoga sessions which many singers use to keep physically and mentally fit. You will explore appropriate vocal repertoire as well as learn about the history and plots of various operas, and put on a performance on the last day to show what you've learned.

Students should prepare one piece from classical or operatic repertoire to sing on the first day.

Class Descriptions:

Voice lessons: Singers will have private voice lessons consisting of exercises to improve breathing technique, practice legato lines, and opening the voice. 

Repertoire coaching: With a pianist, the singers will work on a song of their choice and work on language, musicianship, and presentation.

Acting and character development class: In this group class, students will be given the tools necessary to develop and analyze the character in their piece. The students will create background, and history in their roles and will put it into practice.

Alexander technique:  Alexander technique teaches singers and musicians about using their bodies in a more fluid and relaxed manner.

Yoga class: Yoga teaches the students different meditation and relaxation techniques through breathing and postures.

Performance class: At the end of the day, the singers put into practice what they have been learning by performing for their peers and receiving feedback from the teachers.  We will learn about presenting their pieces by providing a brief description and history.

Operamania! workshop: Performers from the Boulder Opera will present a lively performance of scenes from different operas as they explain the different elements  that make an Opera. After the 30 minute performance, the students will have a chance to recreate scenes with costumes and props and improvise singing to make an opera of their own!

Why is opera great for kids?

There is something in opera for all different kinds of learners to engage with a story:

Visual learners- can engage with the scenery and the physical representations of what is happening

Kinesthetic learners- can enjoy the movement, the dance, the stage fighting

Musical/Auditory learners- will have non stop stimulation from start to finish!

Interpersonal learners- can enjoy thinking about the relationships between characters on stage

Intrapersonal- can enjoy the reflection that music inspires and may especially enjoy the arias, when a character reflects and sings music that matches their emotions

Linguistic learners- have the text of the libretto to analyze and think of. They may enjoy operas in foreign languages.

We were so grateful to have the Boulder Opera Company come visit our Title I school in BVSD! Because of a grant opportunity, we were able to have truly exceptionally, high-caliber artists come to our school for a rate we could afford! For many of our students, this was their first exposure to opera, and they loved it! The assembly was very engaging, well-paced, and the perfect amount of time for our students. The material they presented was very informative- everything from types of voices to recitative- but also completely accessible to all of our students. The workshop they conducted after was especially fun. Our third graders ‘composed’ an opera by coming up with a story and developing characters, and the amazing artists at the Boulder Opera Company immediately turned this into a mini-opera that they performed right in front of the ‘composers’- our 3rd graders! They were absolutely delighted seeing their story come to life. As a musician myself, I felt the approach was spot-on. Opera can seem lofty and inaccessible even to some adults, but by teaching our students that opera is essentially expressive story-telling, they got it! They learned, they were delighted, and they now have a connection to opera they wouldn’t have otherwise. I give these artists and their production the highest possible recommendation!” -BVSD music teacher Kristen Lewis