Opera - ICSB Style!

Opera - ICSB Style!
Candace Jefferies

Opera! Opera! Opera! The 7th and 8th-grade choir have created their own versions of opera - very creative and very fun! Read on to learn more.

Ms. Lingenhoel has presented opera to her 7th and 8th-grade choir - not a specific opera program but the elements of the musical genre - opera.

An opera is generally referred to as a stage presentation or work that combines music, costumes, and scenery and includes three critical components:
1) Aria - the stopping and expanding on one thing or idea
2) Recitative - the dialogue or storytelling
3) Leitmotif - the repeated music that signifies a character is entering or an event is about to take place

Most operas are sung with no spoken lines.

The choir students were split into groups and assigned to write and perform an opera. They had to include the three components, but the story could be any story they chose to tell.

The 7th-grade group performed "A Day in the Life," a story of a day with their history teacher, Ms. Endicott.

girls looking at one another
kids in a row

The 8th-grade boys told the tragic story "Girl Trouble," in which tmany characters do not make it to the end of the day - a typical aspect of operas!

boys on the ground

The 8th-grade girls gave their interpretation of the French Revolution set to more modern tunes.

girls looking at one another

Several teachers and parents attended the performances and were impressed with the students' creativity and cleverness. Clearly, the students enjoyed working together on the productions.

Bravo!! Bravo Middle Grades Choir!!


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