The Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour brings a one-act opera to your school! For over 30 years, the Ensemble Studio School Tour has inspired and delighted students all across Ontario. With operas adapted, or created specifically, for young audiences, the Ensemble performs in full costume with sets, props and piano accompaniment. The operas are performed in English and an informal question-and-answer period with the cast immediately follows each performance.
NEW IN 2013/2014
This year, the COC is proud to expand our school tour to include an opera for older students! La serva padrona, an 18th-century comic opera, is appropriate for students in grades 7 through 12.
Dates: November 4 to 30, 2013
Location: School auditoriums, community centres and community theatres
Audience Size/Grades: Up to 300 students, kindergarten to Grade 6
Fee: $925 + HST
Booking: Contact Prologue to the Performing Arts at 416-591-9092 or visit prologue.org
Additional Information:If your school does not have access to a tuned acoustic piano or an electronic piano, please inform Prologue at time of booking and the COC will bring one along! Accompanying study guides will be available at the beginning of September.
For guide suitability, please see descriptions below.
Grades: K – 6
This charming opera by Canadian composer Dean Burry tells the story of the two comical brothers as they gather three well-known fairytales including Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. With over 500 performances taking place in schools and on professional stages both nationally and internationally, The Brothers Grimm is the most performed Canadian opera of all time!
Feedback for The Brothers Grimm:
"The kids loved it and developed a better understanding of performances and opera." – Teacher
"The artists were amazing! The performance was entertaining and a great way to introduce opera to the kids." – Teacher
"I loved it. I liked every part of it. I loved the two brothers. I've got to tell you, it's the best play I've seen by far." – Student
"Like beauty to my ears." – Student
"Now I love opera because of that performance. Thank you!" – Student
Grades: 7 – 12
This comic opera from the 18th century tells the story of a man, Uberto, and his impertinent servant, Serpina. When Uberto announces that he must marry so that his new mistress can put Serpina in her place, Serphina hatches a plan to find a suitor of her own – by tricking Uberto into marrying her!
Feedback for La serva padrona:
"The performers were magnificent. My personal favourite was Uberto. I was awestruck at how he was able to perform, for a great amount of time, without having a drink of water, and how he could hold notes for such a long time. The pianist was another favourite of mine ... I was enthralled at how fast she could play." – Student
"This opera really changed my view on all operas; now I know to "expect the unexpected!" I think operas should be something EVERYONE should watch at least once or twice in their lives because it gives us a different perspective on people's lives." – Student
"The experience has changed my view of opera." – Student
The COC gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsor: Xstrata
The cast of The Brothers Grimm for the 2012 Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour. Photo: Chris Hutcheson
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