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General Opera Workshop 

 

Up to 120 children in a hall - more by negotiation.

Aims of workshop:

  • Pupils listen to a professional opera singer perform a range of arias in different European languages.

  • Pupils learn about the way an opera singer has to translate to understand the text in order to be able to sing with expression.

  • Pupils learn about the use of vocal chords and diaphragm and core muscles to understand how the voice can be manipulated.

  • Pupils explore the importance of story telling and emotional expression.

  • Pupils have the opportunity to join in by either beating rhythms or singing short sections.

  • Pupils have the opportunity to ask questions.


Structure of the 1 hour workshop:

 

  • Demelza introduces herself and the behaviour expectations;

  • Performs arias with description of character and background of story (age appropriate).

  • There will be opportunities for pupils and staff to ask questions all of the way through and at the end of the workshop.

  • As well as answering the given questions, Demelza will use them to explain how her voice works and how she learns songs in a language she cannot speak. 

  • Discussion of different languages and the musical differences in their sounds and vocabulary.

  • Pupil participation clapping rhythms and/or singing short sections along with Demelza.


Workshops can be personalised to the school setting, please feel free to discuss the ages and needs of the pupils and whether there are any subject focuses which may be possible to build into the programme.

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