Opera Tampa visits Hillel Academy

October 27, 2015

6th grader Madison Fries and 4th grader Seth Black-Diamond act out emotions while listening to opera.

6th grader Madison Fries and 4th grader Seth Black-Diamond act out emotions while listening to opera.

Bravo, Brava, Breve - Opera Tampa visits Hillel Academy

Tampa, FL (Oct. 27, 2015) -  On Tues., Oct. 27, 2015, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Opera Tampa performed for Hillel Academy’s grades three through eight.  Four singers accompanied by a pianist taught the students about the numerous components that make up an opera including the singers, story, plot, setting, music, gestures, actions, orchestra, set and costumes.  They were told that opera differs from other styles of singing in that the performers have to learn to use their entire bodies to project their voices over the orchestra rather than rely on microphones.  

The performers explained and demonstrated the various roles voices play in an opera.  Male voices include tenors who often play the lead or love interest and baritones who often play the dark hero (the hero you love to hate) or the larger than life, comedic characters.  Female voices include sopranos who play the lead or love interest and the mezzo-sopranos who play mothers, grandmothers, witches and pants’ roles, the roles of young men whose voices have not changed yet.  

Students learned that operas are written in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Russian, German and Czech.  Each of the singers told them which language was the most challenging for them to learn and perform.  After a rousing finale from the Barber of Seville, the Hillel Academy students taught Opera Tampa to say thank you in Hebrew - Todah Rabah!