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Children’s Opera Plays to Full House in the Cowin Auditorium
Applause erupted from an audience of 300 children as the curtain closed on this year’s Discover Opera! performance of Beauty and the Baritone, an adaptation of the classic Beauty and the Beast. The show, which took place on March 23 and featured a cast of students from the Manhattan School of Music, opened the Eighth Annual Performing Arts Series organized by the Office of School and Community Partnerships.
The show followed the journey of The Littlest Opera Company as they prepared to present their new production, Beauty and the Beast. The company’s plans are interrupted when a ruthless real estate developer buys their building and announces that she is going to tear it down and build a new tower. In an effort to save their beloved company, members of the Littlest Opera search high and low for a baritone singer for the lead role. Along comes Barry Tone with his deep, smooth melodies to save the day!
For Teachers College Community School first grader Dakari, the highlight of the performance was being invited on stage to try and convince the real estate developer to save the opera company. She was finally successful when all of the children in the audience sang along with Dakari: “we all have a role to play.”
Barry Tone saves the day.
After the performance one teacher mentioned that the show allowed one of her students to hear a real life example of a baritone voice. “Before the show, my student did not know what a baritone was,” said the teacher, “and she was asking about it, so it was really great that this student actually got to hear one. The student made a connection between the definition and a real life example.”
Since the first Discover Opera! show performed at TC in 2011, thousands of students have learned about the genre and what it takes to become a professional singer through engaging, child-friendly productions created and performed by Manhattan School of Music students and staff.
An internationally recognized conservatory that has prepared musicians for almost 100 years, the Manhattan School of Music has been a steady partner for TC’s annual Performing Arts Series. Over the past eight years, the Office of School and Community Partnerships has sponsored a variety of events to expose K-12 students from across the City to high quality music, dance, and theater performances.
Published Friday, Apr. 1, 2016