Going to the Opera is an experience many of us don’t get until later in life. Whether it’s the cost, the etiquette required, or having multiple kids, the traditional opera experience is anything but family-friendly for families with young children. Thank goodness the LA Opera is continuing their effort to meet families in the middle. LA Opera is introducing opera to L.A. families of all ages and music abilities through their Great Opera Choruses on April 10 at 3 p.m. at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge on the campus of CSUN. And to sweeten the deal, it’s almost free. There is a $2 fee per, and general admission seating makes for a first-come-first-serve situation.
The LA Opera Chorus Joins In
The concert will begin with Resident Conductor Grant Gershon rehearsing the audience for their sing-along debuts. Music will be provided in the program to the three sing-along sections: “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song” from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen”, and the “Anvil Chorus” from Giuseppe Verdi’s Il “Trovatore.” The concert will also feature the acclaimed LA Opera Chorus.
This is not the first time audience members have been invited to sing along with LA Opera artists. For the past ten years, the company has staged free, community operas at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown LA. Each community opera chosen features a sing-along section inviting the audience to participate.
LA Opera and The Power of Sing-Along
Sing-along sections are a form of communion between artists and audience members. “We are quite literally breathing together,” explains Stacy Brightman, Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement. “So much of our life is about being in competition. When you sing with someone in this way, it’s not about winning. Inviting members of the community to sing along with our artists is one of those opportunities, where we can all create together.
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