OPERA AND YOU!
Cape Cod Opera's Opera-in-the-Schools Outreach program
Since 1997 Cape Cod Opera has taken live classical vocal music to Cape schools at no cost, 2001 saw the expansion of the program to the senior population. Highlights of the current production are presented by the principals, who give an overview of their roles and a translation of their arias. After the performance there is a question and answer session. Questions range from "Do you have to speak the language you are singing in?" "Do you have a day job?" to "What size shoes do you wear?" The overall response from the students is very positive.
Cape Cod Opera encourages participation in productions: The Japanese house in Madama Butterfly was built by students of the Cape Cod Technical High School in Harwich. The set was subsequently adapted for use in Die Fledermaus. Students have also appeared on stage and have helped backstage.
In 2011 six schools were treated to highlights of The Marriage of Figaro and in October and in 2012 schools Cape wide enjoyed excerpts from Don Giovanni by Mozart. These free programs are supported by local cultural councils, The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Foundation and contributions from Friends of Cape Cod Opera.
In November, 2012 Opera and You! Outreach performances were also presented to Charlotte Amalie High School, St Thomas, USVI. Generously funded by The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands in conjunction with the Forum and Fintrac Inc.
Paul Soper and Diana McVey perform for students in St. Thomas, USVI
Cape Cod Opera singers perform excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Watkins Photography
"Without question this program has changed my students' lives. Experiencing opera live makes all the difference in the world. No recordings, no lectures, no videos can possible do what you did on October 26, 2012. The enthusiasm your Don Giovanni generated was absolutely palpable and very exciting to watch. You should know that two current college students are studying opera. What a reward for all you do!" Allison Beavans, Nauset Regional High School
"I really enjoyed listening to the singers".
"Just great! A wonderful way to involve kids."
"Great fun! Please visit us again next year."
"I wasn't sure I would like opera, but you made it real."
Students are encouraged to join our apprentice program, help out backstage, with costumes, sets, make-up, sing in our chorus, for ways to join the fun call 508 945 9274 and speak to Ruthann Hellfach.
Cape Cod Opera speakers also present various opera music and lecture programs to senior groups on the Cape. For more information please contact us at 508 246 0039 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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