Stories They Know…Operas They’ll Love!
Virginia Opera’s In-School Touring programs are specifically designed to bring children all that opera has to offer in a compact experience that is fun and engaging, customizable to any classroom, auditorium, or community setting. Each program is approximately 40 minutes long, featuring performers from Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program in productions that are fully staged, complete with costumes, scenery, and props.
Age-appropriate programs like these enhance students’ learning in music, fine and performing arts, as well as other key subject areas, while building greater cultural awareness. Each contains multiple tie-ins to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), and is accompanied by a free study guide that equips parents and educators with lessons and activities. Children are further invited to interact with performers through a post-performance Q&A.
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Trish and the Fish
Words and Music by Dr. Glenn Winters
Touring September 2017-December 2017
An operatic adaptation of “The Fisherman and His Wife,” one of the folktales retold by the Brothers Grimm, Trish and the Fish tells the story of a hapless fisherman who hooks an enchanted fish with the power to grant wishes to those who return it to the river. The fisherman’s wife sends him back with additional wishes, until one final greedy request produces comically disastrous consequences.
Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations
The Billy Goats Gruff
Music by W.A. Mozart/Words & Story Adaptation by John Davies
Touring January 2018–April 2018
This universal classic and its timeless characters provide the perfect backdrop for this pastiche opera, brilliantly interwoven by John Davies with music by Mozart and scenes by Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini. When three billy goats encounter a big bully goat blocking their way home from school, the billy goats try different strategies to defeat the bully goat.
Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations
Virginia Opera Celebrates Black History Month
Touring January–March 2018
In 2016, Virginia Opera presented the world premiere of Deep River: Marian Anderson’s Journey. Returning by popular demand, this educational work by Dr. Glenn Winters tells the story of Marian Anderson, one of the foremost classical singers of the 20th century, with an international career that spanned more than four decades, including an unprecedented debut as the first African-American to appear at the Metropolitan Opera. When the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to have Anderson perform at Constitution Hall, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt arranged to bring the performance to
the Lincoln Memorial. On Easter Sunday, 1939, Anderson sang to an audience of more than 75,000 and was broadcast on the radio to millions of listeners nationwide. Nearly a quarter century before Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech in that same spot, Anderson’s voice transcended the racial barriers that she and many others faced, making her a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Using a combination of spirituals, arias, and art songs, Marian comes to life to share her courageous story with Thomas, a modern day high school student.
This program is available for presentation at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and community performance venues.
Grades 4-12 / VA SOL Correlations