Dayton Opera On The Road

Cooking Up Opera

Cooking Up Opera! is a highly entertaining and interactive program that uses opera as a unique and lively vehicle for learning. Join in the fun as four young charismatic singers come to your school and unfold the wonderful world of opera for your students in this fast-paced 40-minute program for grades K–6. With its entertaining script and student participation, the program conveys to young audiences basic educational information and terms about opera in a way that will plant the seeds for a lifetime of appreciation and love for the arts and for opera.

Start with a story; add one part scenery, two parts costumes, and three parts singers; then add the secret ingredient—MUSIC—and voilà! We are Cooking Up Opera! This new program explores the many ways that the added ingredient of music can change the feelings, mood and locale of a story. With help from students in the audience, the singers will introduce an entertaining array of stories, characters and locales created by music in operatic scenes and then use those same scenes to create an entire opera.

Topics covered in Cooking Up Opera! include the ways in which

  • music can create a foreign locale.
  • music can influence the plot.
  • music can allow several people to sing with different emotions at the same time.
  • instrumental music can create an emotion.
  • music can create irresistible excitement.

Opera is a powerful medium for learning about all the arts, as well as about history, literature and foreign language. It is an art form that occurs in all cultures, as all peoples use music along with words, drama and dance to express ideas. In addition, opera deals with the human condition—the way people live, think and feel. Opera is, in short, a natural interdisciplinary art form that relates directly to standard school curricula.

“We understand the time constraint and expense in bringing students to every production we offer,” said Gloria Pugh, Director of Education for the DPAA. “‘Dayton Opera on the Road’ offers an opportunity for students to experience and enjoy this art form in their school setting while they also learn how music can enhance and enrich the telling of a story.”

“Each artist-in-residence is selected from national auditions to perform our in-school primary and secondary school programs. They will also perform roles in a Dayton Opera production at the Schuster Center,” said Thomas Bankston, Dayton Opera’s Artistic Director.

You provide a piano or full-sized keyboard, a space and the audience, and we bring the rest! This program is available during March 2016. For more information and available dates, please contact Pam Eyink, Education Manager at 937-224-3521, ext. 1091, or email her.

Date: Selected dates in March 2016
Location: Your school
Cost: $350
Performance time: 45 minutes