West Seattle schools: Opera at Lafayette Elementary

June 4, 2014 at 2:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

Opera is for kids too! On Tuesday, it was in the spotlight at Lafayette Elementary, reports Luckie (who also shared the photo):

Lafayette’s final PTA arts assembly for this school year was a short opera, Heron and the Salmon Girl, performed by four soloists from Seattle Opera‘s “Opera Goes to School” program. This program offers an opportunity for elementary students to perform alongside the professional singers. For the past three weeks, Opera teaching artist John Coons (who also sang in the opera Tuesday) taught and rehearsed a group of Lafayette 3rd through 5th grade students once a week to sing in the chorus. Through song and movement, the 23 students accompanied the singers with their portrayal of the waters of a river and Puget Sound. Afterward, each student singer was awarded a certificate of achievement from Seattle Opera recognizing their performance in Heron and the Salmon Girl. (Pictured: the Lafayette chorus performing with Thomas Thompson as Turtle and John Coons as Orca.)

“Heron and the Salmon Girl” is the first of the three operas comprising Our Earth, aimed at young operagoers.

2 Comments

  1. This is awesome! What a fantastic opportunity for these students. I am happy to see a resurgence of young opera fans. My grandchildren go to Seattle Opera performances due to the low-priced TIX program. It’s so cool!

    Comment by Sheila Gustafson — 8:05 am June 4, 2014 #

  2. A fantastic performance! I am thrilled that my child was given the opportunity through Lafayette to participate. It has sparked even more enthusiasm an excitement for the arts. Thank you Seattle Opera!

    Comment by WSIDEMOM — 2:40 pm June 4, 2014 #

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