Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Atlanta Opera Announces 2009-2010 Education Offering for Children

  • School-Day Performances at Cobb Energy Centre for Grades K-12
  • The Atlanta Opera Studio Tours The Ugly Duckling to Georgia Elementary Schools
  • Workshops and Master Classes Available for Schools
  • Opera Family Day To Be Held March 27, 2010
The Atlanta Opera’s Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn has announced the company’s educational offerings for the 2009-2010 30th anniversary season, its third in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. As part of the Cobb Energy Centre’s ArtsBridge Education Program, The Atlanta Opera will present abridged school-day matinees of Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice and Mozart’s The Magic Flute for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Atlanta Opera Studio, the company’s educational touring program, will tour a production of The Ugly Duckling to elementary schools throughout Georgia in February and March, 2010. The Atlanta Opera offers customized opera workshops for elementary, middle and high schools. Depending upon artist availability, master classes, given by principal singers and conductors performing in Atlanta Opera mainstage productions, are offered to college-level students throughout the season. The Atlanta opera will once again present Atlanta Opera Family Day on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Offering plenty of interactive opera-related activities and performances, Atlanta Opera Family Day is targeted at preschoolers and early elementary-age children.


The Atlanta Opera – 2009-2010 Season – Educational Offerings


The Atlanta Opera Studio tours an opera production designed specifically for children to Georgia elementary schools each Spring.

February 1 – March 26, 2010
The Ugly Duckling
Music by Andrew Duncan
Libretto by Steven Malone
All are happy with their simple and predictable life on the farm until the new ducklings arrive and one is quite different than the others! This delightful musical adaptation of the classic children’s story interweaves familiar components from other classic tales as well, teaching us that standing out and being different is not necessarily a bad thing.
Other Details
For Grades K-5Running Time: 45 minutesInteractive – Encourages student participation (non-singing roles)Educational prep materials correspond directly with Georgia Performance Standards in English Language Arts & Reading, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science.
Booking Information

To book an in-school performance and for more information, please call Emmalee Iden at 404-881-8883 or email eiden@atlantaopera.org.

Atlanta Opera Student Shorts

The Atlanta Opera abridges two of its mainstage productions and offers special one-hour, school-day matinee performances for children kindergarten age through 12th grade.
The following Georgia Performance Standards and QCC Standards may be aligned with The Atlanta Opera’s 2009-2010 Student Shorts and accompanying educational materials: English Language Arts and Reading; Social Studies; Modern Languages and Latin; Career, Technical and Agricultural Education; Comprehensive Fine Arts; Choral Music; Dance; Fundamentals of Drama; Music Appreciation, Technical Theatre and Design.

2009-2010 Student Shorts

Orfeo & Euridice (Recommended for Grades 6-12)Music by Christoph Willibald GluckNovember 19, 200910 a.m. and Noon
Eurydice dies on the day of her wedding to Orpheus. Rather than succumb to grief, Orpheus boldly ventures to the Underworld to rescue her. He overcomes the angry spirits of the dead in his attempt to bring her back to life. This operatic take on the classic Greek myth incorporates music, dance, and drama.
Other detailsPerformed in Italian with English supertitlesRunning Time: 55 minutesPerformance features full sets, costumes and lighting and is accompanied by The Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

The Magic Flute (Recommended for Grades K-12)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartApril 29, 201010 a.m. and Noon
In Mozart’s imaginative and delightful fairytale, two young men – a prince and a bird catcher – find themselves caught up in the struggle between good and evil as they undergo trials and hardships in their quest for their true loves. In the process, they grow up while learning about both themselves and the world. This new production is designed to evoke the fantastical world of children’s stories and also will make use of puppets.
Other DetailsPerformed in German with English supertitlesRunning Time: 55 minutesPerformance features full sets, costumes and lighting and is accompanied by The Atlanta Opera Orchestra.
Admission is $7. Reservations and ticket purchases may be made through the Cobb Energy Centre ArtsBridge Education Program. Call 770-916-2802 or email education@cobbenergycentre.com.


Opera Workshops offer students an intimate, hands-on opera experience. Designed for a classroom of students, the workshops allow extensive interaction between students and artists. Workshops may feature a singer and accompanist, directors, set and costume designers, or other professionals who contribute to a production. Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of a particular class and its curriculum and provide ample time for students to ask questions.
Other DetailsTypically one hour in length.Workshops can be customized for Grades K-12Available September 2009 through May 2010Cost is $275.
Further information
To book an opera workshop and for more information, call Emmalee Iden at 404-881-8883 or email eiden@atlantaopera.org.


Depending on artist availability, The Atlanta Opera periodically offers master classes with artists currently performing in Atlanta Opera mainstage productions. Master classes are typically offered to college-level students. Master classes may feature a singer working with student singers, a singer discussing opera career paths or a conductor working with conducting students. Master classes are customized based upon the particular artist and the particular interests of the students.


March 27, 201010 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Performances at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)
The Atlanta Opera Center 1575 Northside Drive, NWBuilding 300, Suite 350, Atlanta, 30318
Other Details
Cost is $5 per person at the door (Children under 3 admitted free)
Admission includes all activities and performances. Food will be available for purchase.
Free parking is available on-site.
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