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Then, our Young Artists sing the opera piece that the student saw in the clip.
Dustin Peterson, John Allen Nelson, and Chris Besch working with students during POPera at The Logan School
This program has proven to be an important piece to the puzzle for certain schools. Our last performance this season was at Fairview Elementary which has 93% free or reduced lunch rate and where most of the students come from Spanish speaking homes. POPera really helped introduce them to this art form in a way that I don’t think a Hansel & Gretel performance could have done. They were able to see commercials that they have already seen before but view them in a new light; they were able to interact with the singers, breaking the barrier between performer and audience; and they courageously acted and sang in front of their peers. My face hurt from smiling so much that day. The students were so responsive and engaged. We have already booked another POPera performance at Fairview Elementary in May 2013.
If you have some favorite examples of POPera that you would like to share, please leave a comment below.
By: Meghan Benedetto, Manager of Education & Community Programs