Utah Opera will give local elementary school students a chance to take the spotlight to perform original operas in a professional theatre. Participating classes will present an original opera created, produced and performed by students and their teachers with the assistance of a local composer provided by Utah Opera. Teachers attended a summer training program with Utah Opera to help guide them in the development of these year-long class projects. Now, the children will become the stars of the show, singing their own operas with their own sets and costumes.
The evening of April 14 will include three pint-sized operas: first, Patricia Miller’s and Kristin Adams’ 1st grade classes from Salt Lake City School District’s Ensign Elementary will perform their opera titled “The Gingerbread Village.” Local composer Jeff Pedersen helped the children create their own melodies to express the emotions of the text they wrote for their opera libretto.
The Showcase’s second opera, which will begin at approximately 7:00 PM, comes from a third grade class of Salt Lake City School District’s Highland Park Elementary School. Their project, an opera titled “The Queen’s Highway,” developed under the direction of teacher Angela Mecham, with mentor composer help from Jennifer Purdy.
The final opera of the evening, beginning at approximately 7:30 PM, will star sixth grade classes from Granite School District’s Westbrook Elementary, under the leadership of teacher Stacy Snider and with musical mentorship from composer Margot Murdoch. The title of their opera is “Way to be: Bully Free.” The students are excited to have written “music with a message.”