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Opera in the Time of COVID-19

Opera in the Time of COVID-19

What is opera in the time of COVID-19? Check in every Wednesday for an inspiring story on how opera companies are innovating to deliver ARTISTIC and CIVIC IMPACT during these times of isolation. Coming up: Tapestry Opera.
 

 

Edmonton Opera - Education - DIY Opera
 
We all know how difficult social distancing can be for adults, but it can be even more challenging for young children who have all of sudden been told they can no longer go to school or see their friends. For many parents, the new normal consists of working from home, while simultaneously homeschooling and keeping their children entertained.
 
Enter Edmonton Opera’s DIY Opera where children are encouraged to tune in to a weekly video series, and learn about all the different artistic elements that come together to make an opera. Each video features an artist talking about what they do at the opera, and how that activity relates to their careers as an artists. The artist then goes on to teach a lesson, which so far have included learning a new song, and a design workshop led by a scenic painter. The hope is that the series will not only open children's eyes to careers in the arts, but provide a way for them to express themselves creatively during this difficult time.
 
 
Director of Marketing & Communications Cameron MacRae, said that the responses from these videos have been incredible. The most recent video features a video of mezzo-soprano Cathy Daniel, teaching one of her favourite pieces from Carmen. One young listener was so inspired by the video, that she made her very own opera singing puppet using found objects in her home.

In addition to DIY Opera, Edmonton Opera has also come up with some creative videos for adults to learn a skill or two. Also included in the Edmonton Opera at Home series are weekly Kitchen Concerts and Happy Hours where viewers can be serenaded by members of the Edmonton Opera Chorus, and learn a new recipe. If cooking isn’t really your thing, you can opt to learn about the art of cocktail-making from opera stars who will be featured in the company’s upcoming season. To learn more about the Edmonton Opera at Home Series, be sure to visit their website or follow their Instagram to be the first to hear about new videos.

 

 

Story by Sarah Forestieri