IMHO, for those who wonder where the opera audience of the future is coming
from, Charlie has shown the way! Capture their young imaginations, a.nds we
have opera fans for life!
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P.S. Now start them on the RING!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles Handelman" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 2:05 PM
Subject: "Il Barbiere" in the sixth grade
> This morning the 6th grade junior school Italian
> I work with as a volunteer performed the first of our four shows in the
> auditorium. I must tell you that they were a true delight, and it went so
> very smoothly,despite the fact that it was a long weekend and I feared
> might be rusty. The program, all in Italian, written and directed by yours
> truly, was as follows:
> The "Scopo" Commercial (What can happen if you
> have bad breath but "Scopoman comes to the rescue."). The audience laughed
> every time the Scopoman said, "La tua bocca puzza!"
> "Old Macdonald Had a Farm (but with about 15
> animals, and each kid got to do the imitation of the animal..The funniest
> was "Il Coniglio dice,"What's up,doc!"
> Three Italian poems read by students, with
> "Santa Lucia," sung by an adorable little boy
> A full-fledged "Tarantella" with dancers,with
> musical accompaniment.
> The section of act three Barbiere di
> from, "Dunque andiam...Don Basilio...Cosa veggo," with some cuts, through
> entire shaving scene...complete with real shaving cream, a 15 foot razor,
> the same staging the Met used to do,where the Bartolo has a bald pate
> the wig, and when he discovers Rosina and Almaviva , Figaro,holding the
> does not see that he slips out from under the wig and the audience sees
> "bald." They also got a chance to "sing," as I taught them the "Buona
> sera,mio signore" part.
> None of these kids are Italian, and I must tell
> that the Italian pronunciation of all of them,including students from
> Pakistan,Bangladesh, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic,etc. was truly
> IMPECCABLE! I told them that there are professional singers at the Met who
> could learn a thing or two from them.
> The Basilio cracked me up,letting out such a
> BUONA SERA..BEN DI CUORE!" that he clutched his poor little throat in
> Later in class, we had a lesson with the word,"Andiamo" as part of the
> lesson..so they proceeded to go through the entire scene (which begins
> the "Dunque,andiam!") knowing the WHOLE THING..everyone knew everyone's
> part!(Sounds like many of us online).
> What a joy to have little 11-12 year old kids doing so
> beautifully, and showing how a language class can be much more than just
> verbs and vocabulary..and I am thrilled..... Pizza will be their
> with love for all kiddies Carlo