Elementary in-School Opera:
OUR FIVE-WEEK PERFORMANCE RESIDENCY - SPRING 2015
Students will participate in a professional opera experience with sets, lighting
and a stage crew provided by LA Opera when they perform for the school alongside our professional artists. Through engaging and lively weekly workshops, your students will learn their roles as chorus members in The Marriage of Figueroa, a charming opera by Eli and LeRoy Villanueva based on Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
The Marriage of Figueroa takes place in historic Upper-California at the fictional Mission, Aguas Frescas where everyone is preparing for the wedding of Governor Jose Figueroa. Governor Figueroa enters and proclaims that he will take their beloved Mission and make it his own home and the campesinos are expected to fix it up for him…for free! The campesinos use Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro, to show the Governor the error of his selfish ways. The opera within this opera reveals the truth about Figueroa’s greed, and through Mozart’s music the townspeople help him realizes that stealing doesn’t pay, restoring joy and harmony to the town.
Teachers will find opportunities to integrate this opera into curriculum studies of California history, geography and more.
What can students gain?
- Self discipline and cooperation while working as an ensemble
- Trust in each other to reach a common goal
- The ability to follow directions on and off the stage
- Music fundamentals and basic vocal technique
- Theater fundamentals and basic staging
- A working understanding of how to read and follow a libretto
- The ability to integrate several art disciplines into a well-organized performance
- The ability to use the vocabulary of opera and theater to describe their experience
- Focused work in articulation, pronunciation and memorization, while exploring a story connected to the school curriculum
What can teachers gain?
- An opportunity to support student exposure to and participation in the arts
- Techniques for incorporating the arts into their classrooms
- A comprehensive study guide with lesson plans and support materials to integrate this opera into curriculum studies of California history, geography and more
Teacher attendance is required at a preparatory in-service on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 4:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
All teachers participating in the program must attend.
- Students will meet with LA Opera's teaching artists five times between January 9 and February 6, 2015.
- All workshops are scheduled for one class period, one day each week between 9:00am and 3:00pm. One performance day to be scheduled between February 9 and February 25, 2015.
- Enrollment is open to 13 schools within a 30-mile radius of the Music Center.
- Maximum of 70 students per school from the 4th and/or 5th grade.
Fee: The school participation fee for the Elementary In-School Opera is $999.
Application: CLICK HERE to request application
Deadline: Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year and participation is dependent on availability.
Voices for Tolerance:
A RESIDENCY PROJECT FOR JUSTICE AND HARMONY
Classroom teachers partner with LA Opera teaching artists to create multi-week choral programs that foster a love of music and are integrated into the curriculum, featuring themes of community building, social justice and cooperative action. Projects culminate in a live performance and have included original operas based on classroom personal heritage projects, choral recitals exploring folk and protest music from around the world and a pageant inspired by the ancient Greek Olympics. Voices for Tolerance schools are invited to attend opera performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The program also provides shorter, intensive residencies to certain rural and underserved schools.
For more information and availability, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.