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*VIRTUAL* Opera Starts with Oh! Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell

Saturday, April 2 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

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Join Lead Teaching Artist, Omar Cruz, for this online session of Opera Starts with Oh! exploring the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell!

Dido and Aeneas is a mythical story about the love and betrayal of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the Trojan Hero! This opera, is one of the earliest known English operas and was Purcell’s only true opera as it was completely sung meaning it had no talking at all. It is commonly considered Purcell’s greatest theatrical works!

How do opera singers prepare themselves for these singing roles, representing the characters only through song? Guest Artist and Professional Opera Singer, Cathy Thorpe, will take us through a few arias from the opera and demonstrate how opera singers express emotions and bring their characters to life!

Join us as we dive deeper into the songs and learn about the stories they represent!

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!

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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 2
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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