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Opera Workshop for Kids: La Susanna
Saturday, March 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spend an afternoon with your children or grandchildren, niece or nephew and immerse yourselves in the arts of opera! The opera at the center of the workshop will be Stradella’s La Susanna, which is based on the Bible’s iconic story of Susanna and the Elders from the Book of Daniel. Though the opera story is for mature audiences, the workshop will focus on the power of girls, baroque music – voice and instruments, and the production aspects of opera. Opera Lafayette will connect children to this multi-disciplinary art form using types of learning: Hear live music, see and feel costumes, tell stories, or play with props typical of the 1600s. Come enjoy a free afternoon of artistic playtime and immerse yourselves in the art of all arts – opera!
Families with children 8 – 12 years of age, but all are welcome.
Emma Jaster, teaching artist and movement director of La Susanna
Ariana Douglas, soprano and performer of the role of Daniel in La Susanna
Arash Noori, theorbist
About Opera Lafayette
Opera Lafayette is the nation’s only American period instrument opera company which performs its entire season in New York City and the nation’s capital. Currently celebrating its 24th season, the company brings today’s audiences fresh interpretations of 17th- and 18th-century rediscovered gems and historical masterpieces, illuminating the contemporary relevance of the works together with their original appeal. Central to the company’s mission is creating a recorded legacy of the timeless repertoire Opera Lafayette brings back to life. These recordings underscore the company’s artistic mastery and are a primary resource Opera Lafayette uses to build public appreciation of this repertoire.
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.