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Opera Starts with Oh!: Venus and Adonis (Ages 5+)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Spend an afternoon with your children or grandchildren, niece or nephew and immerse yourselves in the arts of opera! We will unravel the many elements of opera, through play and immersive activities, à la Opera Lafayette. Led by New York-based teaching artist, Emma Jaster, our program Opera starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children aged five and up.

For our first atelier of the season, we explore the story of Venus and Adonis through dance and music. Cupids, graces, hunters and goddesses come alive in this opera about love, magic and storytelling. Come enjoy a free afternoon of artistic playtime and immerse yourselves in the art of all arts – opera!

Families with children 5+.

Emma Jaster, teaching artist


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.


Sunday, October 20, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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