Vocal Arts in Indiana
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The Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists perform annually for over 30,000 people of all ages in schools, libraries, universities, senior retirement communities, and community centers across the state.
EDUCATORS & PARENTS
The Indianapolis Opera has created some wonderful e-learning videos for educators and parents to incorporate into your curriculum.
We have educational opportunities for grades K-5, 5-9, and 6-12. Please see below for education for your appropriate grade level.
Grades K-5: E-Learning Education
THE TAILS OF CATS AND MICE:
The Indianapolis Opera has provided this wonderful story to share with your students. This opera is an incredible opportunity to share the opera and how stories can be told through music and theater.
"The Tails of Cats and Mice" is an opera for young audiences based on stories from "Aesop's Fables" set to music by famous opera composers.
A Country Mouse has plans to see her cousin in the city, and needs help putting her suitcase together. Perhaps you can help her out. As soon as she's ready, a Lion is waiting outside her door with a predicament: he has a thorn in his paw and needs help. Will she be brave enough to help him?
Meanwhile, in the city, the City Mouse has problems of his own thanks to a Cat that won't leave him alone. Perhaps he has an ingenious solution to his feline friend, but it will take a lot of bravery to pull it off.
This version of "The Tails of Cats and Mice" was based on a staged version that was sent out all over the state of Indiana as part of the Indianapolis Opera Resident Artist Program. Due to school closures caused by coronavirus, we devised this new version for your own home enjoyment. However, the original opera features a choice system that allows the audience to decide how the story goes mid-way. If you would like to see a version like that and live in the state of Indiana, please reach out to book a performance during the fall 2020 semester. Or - if you don't live in Indiana - send this video to your local opera company and see if they'll produce it. You can also have people visit the director's website to get in touch: mattcooksey.com/connect.
Cast: Janese Pentico - Country Mouse Alexander Henderson - Lion Felipe Prado - City Mouse Laura Zahn - Cat
Staff: Stage Director - Matt Cooksey Musical Coach and Pianist - Andrew Pham
Grades 5-9: E-Learning Education
Videos of "Five" from "Vedem" by Lori Laitman (Set to poetry by Hanus Hachenburg), "Memories of Prague" from "Vedem" by Lori Laitman (Set to poetry by Petr Ginz), and "Farewell to Summer" from "Vedem" by Lori Laitman (set to poetry by Zdenek Ornest)
Grades 5-9 EDUCATORS & PARENTS: The Indianapolis Opera has provided some video performances of some of the songs from the wonderful opera, Vedem (by Lori Laitman).
The text comes from Vedem, the underground newspaper that boys in the camp ran during their time at Terezin, and also features children’s chorus. Vedem is the first piece composed by a female composer to be performed with the company. Written by Lori Laitman, an American composer of Jewish heritage, Vedem is an oratorio that directly discusses events experienced at Terezin during the Holocaust.
This opera is an incredible opportunity to share the opera and how stories of our history can be told through music and theater. Curriculum is available for this video to assist you.
Like what you see? Please reach out to Dr. Rachelle Wooston to schedule a time in the 2020/2021 school year to come to your school and provide educational instruction regarding the liberation of the concentration camps as well as the importance of story telling through the arts such as opera.
Vedem was commissioned by Music of Remembrance, Mina Miller, Founder and Artistic Director. Made possible by a generous grant from the William O. and K. Carole Ellison Foundation. Poems are by Petr Ginz, Hanuš Hachenburg, Zdeněk Ornest (Orce) and Josef Taussig. English translations by Paul Wilson from We are Children Just The Same: VEDEM, the secret magazine by the Boys of Terezin ©1995 by the Jewish Publication Society, used with permission.
Grades 6-12: E-Learning Education
Grades 6-12 EDUCATORS & PARENTS: The Indianapolis Opera has provided some videos to help students learn how to sing opera.
These videos are an incredible opportunity to hear directly from opera singers how to breathe while singing, voice registering, posturing, etc.
Unfortunately, due to the unprecedented public health requirements all large scale events are cancelled or postponed until May 10th which has forced all theaters venues to close. As a result, we must cancel or postpone our community events and the mainstage performances for the remaining 2019-2020 Season. This includes our education programs where the Indianapolis Opera would visit schools. However, the Indianapolis Opera has provided our educational curriculum to use for your students during e-learning. Please see more information below.
The Indianapolis Opera is available to visit your school or community center to provide instructional and educational performances to your students. If you would like to book the opera for the 2020/2021 school year, please click the button below and we will be in touch!
For More Information, please contact: Dr. Rachelle Woolston, Education & Community Director, at 317-283-3531
Education Program Sponsor