Primary 3 kids get crash course in opera

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THE Opera Factory is coming to Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre next month, with the aim of introducing children to a world of music more usually associated with adults.

The Opera Factory is Scottish Opera’s brand new interactive musical experience for Primary 3 pupils, which explores how an opera is made, combining school lessons and live performance.

The Brunton performances will take place on Wednesday 30 May at 11.30am and 1.30pm. To prepare for the hour-long show, teachers will use an online resource pack of short films and guide vocal tracks to teach a song adapted from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Specially arranged by Scottish Opera’s Derek Clark, who will also conduct the orchestra, it has been re titled ‘If you go to a show that’s an opera’.

During lessons, pupils will meet Libby Retto and Compo Zerr, their guides as they encounter the different people who work on an opera, learning about the different elements that take an opera from the earliest planning stages to rehearsals and opening night.

Jane Davidson of Scottish Opera says, “Scottish Opera is delighted to announce a new project for Level 1 primary pupils that has been designed to unlock the doors that lead straight onto the opera stage.

“In just 60 minutes, we plan to inspire hundreds of curious seven and eight years old to explore the many elements involved in making this amazing art form.

“From costumes to cakes (prop of course); from baritones to bass drums and from scenery to stage managers, there are so many things to get involved with. “Using a combination of advance learning materials and audience participation, this funny and fast-moving experience is the perfect start to life-long engagement with music and the performing arts.”

Opera Factory, The Brunton, 30 May, 11.30am/1.30pm