OPERA America’s Stories and Song Spring 2013
Stories and Song participants rehearsing with teaching artist Mary Feinsinger.
Photo Credit: Audrey Saccone
OPERA America’s Stories and Song
program offered a comprehensive opera learning and performance experience for older adults. This program was generously supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Councilmember Gale Brewer, and was produced in partnership with Hamilton Senior Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The participants met weekly with a teaching artist and OPERA America staff for 90 minutes to study opera through vocal instruction, opera repertoire, creative projects and discussion. Throughout the 10-week program, Stories and Song
welcomed visits from guest artists, including a librettist, costume designer, artistic director and singers. Additionally, Stories and Song
collaborated with the Life Maps program at Hamilton Senior Center, where participants created drawings of Giuseppe Verdi. The program also included optional activities such as a screening of an opera film at Hamilton Senior Center and a field trip to a live performance. The program culminated in a performance of opera choruses and abridged opera arias with an art exhibit by Hamilton Senior Center’s Life Maps class on display during the reception.
Participants now have an increased interest in other OPERA America programs. They have requested subscriptions to Opera America
Magazine, are interested in performing at future OPERA America creative aging and other community events, and are eager to attend or volunteer at OPERA America events at the National Opera Center.
For a complete program profile, download the full report here
Vocal Warm-Ups 0:54 (View Video)
Program and Documentation Tools
Libiamo Ne Lieti Calici Diction Rehearsal 0:11 (View Video)
Toréador Song Diction Instruction 02:20 (View Video)
Una Furtiva Lagrima Diction Instruction 0:25 (View Video)
Una Furtiva Lagrima Sing-Through 01:43 (View Video)
Va Pensiero Harmony Instruction 0:11 (View Video)
Va Pensiero Sing-Through 0:19 (View Video)
The following documents are examples from OPERA America’s Stories and Song program. Please note that these are not intended for reproduction. OPERA America assumes no liability for unauthorized use or reproduction of these forms:
- Vocal Evaluation (PDF)
- Participant Survey (PDF)
- Teaching Artist Job Description (PDF)
- Teaching Artist Contract (PDF)
For further information, please contact Leah Wilson, director of learning and engagement, at LWilson@operaamerica.org