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Opera Starts with Oh! ESTHER: QUEEN OF PERSIA!
Sunday, January 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Praised by The Washington Post, Washington Parent, and on Austin Public Radio, Opera Starts
with Oh! is back.
This free family program by Opera Lafayette, was created to introduce young audiences to the
magic of opera! Led by teaching artist, dancer and educator, Sarah Laughland, and featuring new
guest artists every session, Opera Starts with Oh! is perfect for children 4-10 years old, but of
course the whole family is more than welcome! REGISTER HERE
Join Lead Teaching Artist, Sarah Laughland, for this In-Person session of Opera Starts with
Oh! exploring the story of Esther, a famous biblical tale of the Queen of Persia! This program
will prepare us for Opera Lafayette’s concert opera From Saint-Cyr to Cannons: Moreau and
Handel’s Esther coming to DC’s Kennedy Center on February 8 th , 2024. Get your tickets today!
We’ll dive into the music of Esther with cellist, Ishanathan Guteng, and learn more about the
cello as an instrument and what it takes to be a professional musician. Actor and theater
educator, Drew Kopas, will take us on a journey into the world of acting and how you bring
these incredible characters to life! You’ll get to create and take home your very own craft
instrument, so you can continue the fun at home. We can’t wait to see you there!
Lead Teaching Artist, Sarah Laughland
*All In-Person events require a parent/guardian to remain with their child(ren) and within the
building during the entire workshop* We operate on a pay-what-you can model to ensure
equity in our programming.*
About Opera Lafayette:
Opera Lafayette, an American period instrument company, brings to modern audiences fresh interpretations of rediscovered gems and historical masterpieces from the 17th through 19th centuries, illuminating the contemporary relevance of the works together with their original appeal. Central to the company’s mission is building a legacy of the timeless repertoire Opera Lafayette brings back to life. This is achieved through an extensive discography, mounting revivals, and inspiring a public appreciation for this repertoire through its audience engagement programs for audiences of all ages.
This family programming is Opera Lafayette’s newest Community Engagement initiative. These family-friendly open houses and workshops not only help strengthen an appreciation for opera as an art form but utilize opera to connect families through the arts. This community engagement program works to introduce youth to the original Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of opera) and features activities which connect children and adults to many of the arts and humanities: music making, storytelling, culture and language, visual arts and design, and dance. The program is designed to engage with different types of learners: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Tactile.