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3rd/4th & 5th Graders Receive "A Singer's Introduction" to Opera

In 2018, VCS established a partnership with the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), a world-leading music conservatory. We have continued that partnership in the years since, and this week, 3rd/4th and 5th Graders welcomed Maria, an opera singer from MSM, for the first in what will be a three-part series on opera. In “A Singer’s Introduction,” students learned about the features that distinguish opera from other genres, such as the type of singing they see on Broadway; the general structure of an opera; and the different languages operas are usually sung in. Accompanied by a pianist, Maria also sang several arias, providing many 3rd/4th and 5th Graders with their first experience of a live opera performance.

As this initial visit is intended to provide students with a look into opera through the lens of an individual singer, Maria also spoke about how she prepares for performances, and led students in some breathing exercises she uses to prepare her voice. She shared her tips for overcoming stage fright and taught students to assume a Superman pose to promote a sense of confidence that can be helpful when feeling nervous. Maria even told the audience one of her favorite things about being opera singer – being able to share her passion with students! In the Q&A portion of the presentation, 3rd/4th and 5th Graders had many questions they were eager to ask our visitors, and they are looking forward to seeing Maria again when she returns to VCS in March for a performance of Cendrillion – better known to our students as Cinderella.