At Boulder Opera, we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience the joy of opera from an early age. We also recognize all the learning opportunities opera presents.
This year we have two operas geared specifically for children. One is an opportunity for children to experience a classic opera, Donizetti's Elixir of Love. Each year many school groups come to the Nomad Theater to experience an opera specifically tailored for young audiences. We are booking field trips right now to experience this comedic gem of an opera.
- One-hour opera with narration and live orchestra.
- Italian with English supertitles.
- Q&A with cast after performance.
- December 1-2 at the Nomad Theater
Our other exciting educational offering is a brand new opera by Colorado composer Chappell Kingsland called Firebringers. This 35-minute opera explores fire creation stories from the Ancient Greek, the Lenape tribe from North America, and the Sanema tribe from Venezuela. We bring this performance to schools and then do a workshop after where 4th and 5th graders can help invent a new opera- and then watch professional singers improvise their creation! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to bring this experience to your child's school between February-May 2017.
Email Emma Vawter at email@example.com for information on pricing and for any other questions.
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.