Opera San Jose
Opera San José is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, it specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. Its performances are always dramatically stimulating and vocally
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One-Act Assembly Program: What is Opera?
During the 2019-20 school year OSJ brings back the popular assembly program What is Opera?, a 45-minute interactive lecture/demonstration featuring 3-4 singers in costume and a professional pianist performing operatic excerpts illustrating opera’s 400-year history. The performance lasts approximately 45 minutes and demonstrates the many languages and cultures contained in the vast body of... View more
Many dates are available, but is dependent upon singers’ schedules. Please submit online form with three dates in order of preference.
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Most school multi-purpose rooms or cafeterias are more than adequate; a minimum of 30 ft width with 15-20 ft depth will easily accommodate sets/props. An in-tune piano is required; if school doesn’t have an in-tune piano, an electronic keyboard can be provided at no additional charge.
Public/private schools; libraries, other community venues.
$500 for one performance; $850 for two, back-to-back performances. Contact the OSJ Outreach Coordinator for more information.
What is Opera study guideWIOstudyguide-1.pdf
“The three performers were excellent. Their demeanor was perfect for this age level. The students and teachers enjoyed the performance. Incorporating students/teachers into the examples of opera was particularly effective.”
Educator, Blach Intermediate School: What is Opera? assembly
“Excellent rapport with audience. Good explanation of “opera” vocabulary for older students.”
Educator, Castlemont Elementary School: What is Opera? assembly
“Áudience participation, having students on stage with performers really adds to the presentation. Thank you – fantastic performance, great information for the students!”
Educator, Ruskin School: What is Opera? assembly
“Ít was great! Children need to be exposed to opera at an early age in order for them to want to attend when they get older, particularly in light of the fact that very little music is taught in schools now.”
Educator, Stocklmeir Elementary: What is Opera? assembly
“Performers handled the children very well – they had a terrific sense of humor…..brought opera to the kids in a way they could understand.”
Educator, Alta Vista Elementary: What is Opera? assembly
Cancellation must be received in writing 3 days prior to the performance date.