Who Wants To Be an Opera Star?

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Pictures by Ashlyn Busath, Aurelia Olsen, (Student Council), and Julia Murray

Art City Elelmentary School in Springville, Utah, hosted the Utah Opera for an educational assembly.  The Utah Opera tours the state sharing with students, stories and music and how they can be tied together.  Students at Art City enjoyed the interactions and the energy coming from the singers. “’Who Wants to be an OPERA STAR?’ is an introduction to opera: the art form that combines drama, visual art, dance, orchestral music, and singing. Operas use words, action and music to tell stories full of conflict and emotion, and they are usually entirely sung. “Who Wants to be an OPERA STAR?” uses the framework of a television game show. The assembly runs as a series of questions and challenges, with four singers in the roles of MC and contestants. Studio audience members (the students) learned about voice types, arias, duets, trios, and quartets. They also participated in identifying emotions, singing melodies, and clapping rhythms from the world’s favorite operas.”  

“Utah Opera offers free music education programs to public schools in Utah. Our programs are part of the POPS program, which is funded by the Utah State Legislature and the State Board of Education to bring professional artists into schools. We try to visit every school in the state on a 3-5 year rotation. To schedule any of these programs please contact Tracy Hansford at  thansford@usuo.org or 801-869-9091.” (Quotes from Utah Opera website)

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