Looking to learn more about opera? You have come to the right place!
A SOUND ANATOMY OF OPERA
Descriptions of all of the musical components in an opera – overture, aria, recitative, ensemble, chorus, orchestral music.
THE OPERATIC VOICE
A detailed definition of all the different voice types common in opera.
Opera America’s detailed voice type resource, which includes audio excerpts for each of the voice types described.
ACTIVITY: Careers in the Arts
This lesson encourages students to explore a wide range of careers in the arts.
A great ONLINE source for information about opera.
Opera101 – Opera History
A nice overview of opera history through the time periods.
ALL ABOUT COSTUMES AND WARDROBE
Designing and Making a Costume
Head of Costume Workshops, Mal Barton, talks through the process of designing and creating a costume for the Royal Opera House main stage.
The ART of Costume Design PowerPoint
This PowerPoint is full of great pictorial references to introduce students to CLOTHING TERMINOLOGY.
Meet three of Austin Opera’s Wardrobe staff who work behind the scenes to make the magic of costumes come alive for Austin Opera’s productions.
Inside Austin Opera: Kathy Lang, Wardrobe Supervisor
Spend a few minutes with Kathy in the Wardrobe Room prior to the start of a final rehearsal of Austin Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos.
Inside Austin Opera: Trinka Withers, Head Dresser
Put on your comfy shoes and get ready to follow Trinka as she shows us some of her favorite spots in the theatre.
Inside Austin Opera: Joe Adams, Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
Join Joe at the Austin Opera Warehouse as he takes us through the steps of a costume fitting. This video also features Abigail Jackson, from the Austin Opera Chorus.
UNIT LESSON PLANS – Costume Design
Three lessons that bring the videos and PowerPoint above together and provide ideas for engaging students in the costume process. Technical Theatre TEKs correlated.
Making of Opera: Nabucco – Costume Design
Go behind the scenes with Costume Designer Mattie Ullrich and the Washington National Opera and discover what it takes to bring an opera to life.
Backstage at the Met Opera’s Costume Shop
Elissa Iberti, head of the Metropolitan Opera’s Costume shop, knows that every piece of lace trim, button and sash are important. She oversees the production of 100s of costumes for multiple productions each season. No detail is too small for the costumes adorning some of the world’s biggest opera stars.
Austin Opera is thrilled to partner with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas to encourage girls to discover, to connect with and to celebrate opera!
More details and curriculum coming soon!!
What is Opera, Anyway?
This PowerPoint accompanies the lesson What is Opera, Anyway? It is a compilation of illustrations from the book Brava! Brava! A Night at the Opera. It is a great way to introduce the many different people and skills required to put on an opera. Includes a lot of vocabulary associated with opera as well. A simple script for the PPoint is provided (Go to VIEW – Outline View in the PPoint to see notes on each slide).
There are some great resources for introducing the opera Carmen to your students here
- Access Opera: Carmen PDF Lesson: this lesson plan accompanies the Access Opera: Carmen PowerPoint (To request password, email email@example.com.)
- Carmen: “Toreador Song” – Lyrics in English
As the students follow the Animated Listening Map for the “Toreador Song” in the PowerPoint, invite them to sing the chorus along with Escamillo. We will be inviting the students to sing-a-long with Escamillo at our concert on October 10!!
- Carmen: “Toreador Song” – Lyrics in French
If your students need a challenge, teach them the original French lyrics to the Toreador Chorus!
- Video excerpt from Carmen: “Children’s Choir” of San Jose Opera
This children’s chorus is a classic and great example of children performing in an opera.
- Samuel Ramey on Sesame Street
A fun rendition of the “Toreador Song” performed on Sesame Street by the amazing baritone, Samuel Ramey.
Inside Austin Opera
Includes “Behind the Scenes” videos of interviews with an opera stage director and Austin Opera’s Wardrobe Staff. Along with the wardrobe videos are additional materials for learning more about Costumes and Wardrobe, including a PowerPoint and lesson plans to guide students in creating an original costume in the artistic medium or their choice.
Getting to Know Opera
Includes links to information about the components in an opera (ex. Overture, aria, etc.), the different voice types, as well as a nice overview of opera history. Don’t forget to check out the Careers in the Arts activity – it has a comprehensive list of careers and skills associated with opera.