North Carolina Opera’s Opera Classroom offers two different shows, Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? for elementary school and Cinderella: A Classic Fairytale Opera, for middle school students.
Both shows are approximately 35 minutes long and is a staged, abridged version of a classic opera, Don Giovanni (Big, Bad Wolf) and La Cenerentola (Cinderella). The singers are costumed and perform in English with a portable set and props with piano accompaniment. Students will be introduced to what an opera is and the many working parts. Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? and Cinderella have been performed as part of opera education outreach programs around the United States and have been well received.
You can find out more about the author of the musical scores here: https://www.operaclassroom.com
The mission of North Carolina Opera is to enhance the cultural life of North Carolina by presenting artistically significant opera productions of the highest quality, strengthening and expanding audiences for opera in the region, and providing regional artists opportunities to participate in operatic productions and events. Rachel Stenbuck has been teaching and performing in voice and flute in the Raleigh area for over 20 years. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she has 10 years of experience teaching Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades in the music classroom. Her passion is to introduce all students to music, and especially the art of opera, in a way they can relate to and understand.