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Summer Opera Camp

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Experience in-depth professional
vocal and acting instruction

2017 Summer Opera Camp
July 24 – August 4, 2017

Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
712 E 18th St, KCMO 64108

$395 per camper – 11:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday
$495 per camper – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday
Optional FREE Advanced class available from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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Entertaining, enriching and challenging, Lyric Opera Summer Camp provides an introduction to the many facets of opera and helps young people develop as singer/actors.

60-80 kindred spirits, entering grades 3 – 12, who love singing, acting and making new friends.

Do you love stories with action, adventure, and fantasy? So do we. At this year’s summer opera camp, we’ll explore operas set in fantasy worlds such as The Magic Flute and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and we’ll learn about the warrior princess Brünnhilde from The Valkyries. In search of magical creatures? How about a serpent and a magical horse? Looking for adventure? We’ve got trials by fire and water, taking fallen warriors to Valhalla and watching the Queen of the Fairies fall in love with a guy with the head of a donkey. We’ll make fairy and elf costume pieces and Norse helmets and create special effects with yards of shimmering fabric. We’ll ponder this question: “If each of these operas were a ride at an amusement park, what would the ride be like?” For inspiration, we’ll go to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to do design research. We’ll prepare musical excerpts including the famous Queen of the Night aria and Brünnhilde’s “Ho-jo-to-ho,” and excerpts from the kid’s chorus Fairy’s music in Midsummer. Then we’ll select the most important and exciting elements of these operas and make story boards for our “rides.” Then we’ll put all three of our “rides” together in a show: Fantastic Operas and Where to Find Them, which we’ll share with our friends and family on the last day of camp.

During our early bird sessions, from 8:30-10:30 am, campers will work with Laura Burkhart to create our magical creatures and fantasy costume pieces such as Titania’s fairy wings, and the half-human/half-bird costumes for Papageno and Pagagena. When not with Laura, early bird campers will have group voice lessons with Julia Scozzafava and LaTeesha Jackson, brush up on their musicianship skills with Ashley Beth Burnett, and explore singing/acting with Linda Ade Brand.

After our sack lunches (campers bring a “fridge-free” sack lunch daily), we’ll take a break from the fantasy and study Rossini’s comedic class, The Barber of Seville.

Those in grades 8-12 are welcome to stay for our optional (FREE) advanced class from 3:30-4:30 pm. There we’ll prepare an Italian art song – great prep for contests and college auditions – and learn singing/acting techniques that can be applied to any sung repertoire. Information will also be shared about how to audition for the Ginger Frost High School Honors Artist program. Extended day options are also available for younger campers. All Camp activities end at 4:30 pm.

On the final day of camp, August 4, early bird campers will arrive at 8:30 as usual, but all other campers will join us at 10:00 for a final rehearsal of our program. Then at 11:30 we invite parents and friends to bring in food (details to be announced) for a camp potluck, which will begin at noon. At 12:30 there will be an option facility tour for those done eating. We’ll begin our program at 1:00 or as soon as everyone is done eating. Fond farewells at approximately 2:30 pm.

Limited need-based scholarships

Lyric Opera provides a limited amount of need-based scholarships for camps as funding allows.  Funding for scholarships is not guaranteed.

Interested in a scholarship?  Great letters from kids and their teachers help us recruit generous donors.  Please send a letter from your student telling us about what they love about music, singing, acting, design, painting, construction – everything that goes into an opera.  Then they should talk about why they’d like to come to camp.  This should be paired with a letter from a school music or theater teacher or private music or theater teacher, telling about why this particular student would benefit from such an experience.  The sooner we get letters, the sooner we can match them up with potential donors.

Please send your letter to:  Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Attn: Linda Ade Brand, 1725 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108. Scholarship request deadline is Monday, June 12, 2017.

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