Opera can be expanded to connect beyond just arts-related subjects. With a diverse history, origins in mythology, poetry and literature, and with themes that explore psychology, culture and sociology, opera offers many entry points for your students to engage with powerful, complex stories that connect to relevant current themes. Some examples of these expanded workshops include, but are not limited, to:
ENGLISH AND MEDIA LITERACY
Many of the stories in opera are adapted from or inspired by mythology, poetry, plays and novels. Exploring these mediums through opera provides students with active engagement in the English curriculum that will encourage their curiosity and interest in the written word.
HISTORY, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
Throughout its more than 400 year evolution, opera has presented stories that reflect periods and personalities in history, both in its musical development and in its themes, style and characters. Opera can offer meaningful learning beyond the performance as explorations of culture, sociology, anthropology and psychology are evident in the music, libretto and staging of many operas. From the whimsical insights of romantic relationships in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte to the dark analysis of power and privilege in Verdi’s Otello, opera provides meaningful cross-curricular connections.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Education and Outreach by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416-306-2392
- Discuss your areas of interest, dates, curriculum etc. to determine the content of the workshop
- From our list of professional artist educators we will schedule the right person to best meet the needs of your workshop
- Workshop fees vary depending on the content and structure of the program
Students at Bennington Heights P.S. in a performance of Ahead of Time, their original opera. Photo: COC, 2013