Looking to learn more about opera? You have come to the right place!
ALL ABOUT COSTUMES AND WARDROBE
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.
This PowerPoint is full of great pictorial references to introduce students to CLOTHING TERMINOLOGY. Included are photos from our three 2017-2018 Season productions.
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.
AUDIO AND VISUAL RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COSTUME DESIGN
SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE
Susan Branch Towne is an award-winning costume designer who lives in Austin, Texas. She graduated from LBJ High School in Austin ISD. She designs costumes for theater, opera and ballet all over the United States. In 2008, Ms. Branch-Towne designed the costumes for a new production of The Bat (Die Fledermaus), which included several characters dressed as Texas icons. Most currently she has designed costumes for several shows at Zach Scott Theatre.
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.
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.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
10:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.
Georgetown ISD Klett Performing Arts Center
Julia Taylor, soprano
Julie Silva, mezzo-soprano
Brendan Boyle, tenor
Austin Siebert, baritone
Nyle Matsuoka, piano
Austin Opera is excited to be partnering with the Georgetown Symphony Society to provide a LIVE performance of opera selections for 4th and 5th grade students in Georgetown ISD. We hope that the resources provided here will assist teachers in preparing students for this special program – and make the concert a fun and exciting event for all! If you have additional questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact Debra Erck, Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.