Utah Opera resident artists perform for students in Grand and San Juan countiesUtah Opera resident artists will perform for students in Grand and San Juan counties throughout the week of April 3–7. During their tour, Utah Opera resident artists will offer age-appropriate performances of “Who Wants to be an Opera Star?” for elementary schools, “Opera 101” for secondary school students, and “Opera Up Close” for high school choirs.

Based on the format of popular game shows, “Who Wants to be an Opera Star?” allows the visiting artists to teach the fundamentals of opera to younger students. The artists act as contestants who demonstrate their answers with vocal selections while the children serve as the studio audience. Students actively participate when they join the contestants in clapping rhythms, singing melodies, and identifying emotions in the music.

In the secondary school “Opera 101” program, five performers demonstrate the elements of opera and drama beginning with an aria and building to full scenes from popular operas. Artists perform snippets and full scenes from operas such as “Carmen,” “The Barber of Seville,” “The Magic Flute,” “Die Fledermaus,” and “La Bohème.”

In the high school “Opera Up Close” program, the resident artists perform a variety of musical numbers and share information about opera and careers in the performing arts. The session ends with a discussion based on students’ questions.

On April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Canyon Country Discovery Center in Monticello, the Utah Opera resident artists will perform an hour-long updated Western version of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.” Sung in English, the opera presents sassy cowgirl Adina who can’t seem to get shy ranch hand Nemorino to declare his love for her. When a rival appears on the scene, Nemorino uses a magic love potion to give him courage. Ticket prices are $5 for individuals or $10 for families of up to six people and are available at the door or online at fourcornersschool.org.

Performance schedule

April 3, 9 and 10 a.m., Helen M. Knight Elementary School

“Who Wants to be an Opera Star?”

April 4, 9:30 a.m., Blanding Elementary

“Who Wants to be an Opera Star?”

April 4, 2 p.m., Albert R. Lyman Middle School

“Opera 101”

April 5, 10:30 a.m., San Juan High School

“Opera 101”

April 5, 12:45 p.m. and 2:25 p.m., Monticello High School Choir

“Opera Up Close”

April 6, 8 a.m., Whitehorse High School

“Opera 101”

April 6, 1 p.m., Montezuma Creek Elementary School

“Who Wants to be an Opera Star?”

April 7, 10:30 a.m., Monticello Elementary School

“Who Wants to be an Opera Star?”

April 7, 7 p.m., Canyon Country Discovery Center

Performance of “The Elixir of Love”

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