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Opera Starts with Oh!: How the West was Sung featuring Philidor’s The Blacksmith

Saturday, September 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Photo of two performers in Western style setting and dress, holding a sign with song lyrics: "Down in the valley,/ the valley so low./ Hang your head over,/ hear the wind blow."

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Come enjoy a free afternoon of artistic playtime with your family and immerse yourselves in the art of all arts – opera comique with a twist!

Join us for our first Opera starts with Oh! in person atelier since January 2020 as we explore the light-hearted tale of “The Blacksmith“, a story of mistaken identity and cowboys transposed from France to Colorado in the 1890’s; and incorporating sing-along American folk songs alongside French arias.

Led by choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist, Tamrin Goldberg, and featuring soprano Emilie Faiella, bassist Doug Baillet and more, Opera starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children aged three & up.

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Click here for more on The Blacksmith or here for more about Opera Starts with Oh!

Unable to attend in person? Join us for Opera Starts with Oh! Online, starting September 25. Sign up here!


About Opera Lafayette:Opera Starts with Oh Logo with red

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.


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Saturday, September 11, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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