We at Opera For All are so excited to have just wrapped up our fourth week with the students!
We are currently gearing up for a couple of very exciting events – our field trip to the History Museum as well as an in school performance of Carmen & the Bull presented by Chicago Opera Playhouse! I am constantly amazed by our students – they have an incredible ability to retain and replicate melodies and rhythms after the first time hearing it. We worked this past week on a very complicated rhythm for the Carmen & the Bull music and I was impressed by how quickly the students caught on and were able to sing this music!
As part of our work on Carmen & the Bull, the students have been listening to the music from Bizet’s opera Carmen. Through listening activities, students were able to interpret and discuss mood of the music and to draw their reactions to how the music made them feel!
Our students are also learning confidence and teambuilding while performing! We have been doing various acting exercises to get them on their feet and comfortable performing in front of their peers.
Every week I walk into the classroom, at least one student asks me if I’m going to sing for them! They are so excited to hear opera and the sounds that can be made with the human voice!