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Opera Starts with Oh! Silvain by André Grétry

Saturday, April 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Join Lead Teaching Artist, Omar Cruz, for this In-Person session of Opera Starts with Oh! exploring the opera Silvain by André Grétry!

Silvain was one of Grétry’s most famous operas! This opera focuses on the themes of family conflict and reconciliation.  It follows the story of Silvain, who works as a poor farmer after being disinherited by his rich father for marrying a lower-class woman. Silvain is a great example of opéra-comique (opera with both speaking and singing parts) which was a popular style during the 1700s!

Join us Saturday April 9th, as we as we dive deeper into Silvain and learn about all the aspects that bring it to life!

We are pleased to welcome back Guest Artists: Sarah Laughland, Jeannette Christensen, and Rachel Felstein!  Together, we’ll rotate through each room’s different activities, which will include dance, costume design, and opera singing as it relates to Silvain!

This program is about 2 hours long and begins at 1:30PM EST.  Opera Starts with Oh! In-Person will be hosted here at Hill Center on the 1st floor.

Please contact Jace Chambers for any assistance regarding this program:

*All In-Person events require a parent/guardian to remain with their child(ren) and within the building during the entire workshop*

Designed for families with children 3-8 years old. We operate on a pay-what-you can model to ensure equity in our programming.

More about Opera Starts with Oh!:

Praised by The Washington PostWashington Parent, and on Austin Public Radio, Opera Starts with Oh Online! is back.

This free family program by Opera Lafayette, also available in person at the Hill Center on April 9th, was created to introduce young audiences to the magic of opera! Led by teaching artist, dancer and educator, Omar Cruz, and featuring new guest artists every unit, Opera Starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children 3-8 years old!

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Saturday, April 16 (In-Person): 10:45am-12:15pm @Tregaron Conservancy

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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.


Saturday, April 9
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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