On Friday 23rd February, Year 8 had the opportunity to experience live opera.
Two real opera singers from Impromptu Opera came into our school, accompanied by a professional pianist; the man, Al, was a baritone singer meaning he had a male, mid-vocal range and the lady, Habba, was a soprano singer meaning she had a high vocal range.
All students in Y8 really enjoyed this annual workshop, showcasing Impromptu opera – a fantastic trio of professional opera singers/pianist, who showcase live operatic demonstrations, specifically linked to the Magic Flute opera – a topic Y8s study this term. The workshop is full of humour, audience singing participation and breaks down all potential pre-conceptions about opera not being fun/for all. Many girls enthuse about this topic/workshop as being their favourite topic in Y8 and many are inspired to join one of the choirs/persuade their parents to take them to an opera!
Year 8 classes were attending the opera workshop on Thursday 31st March. As ever, it was a real highlight in the music calendar and really reinforced the opera topic the Y8 girls have recently finished.
Habba, Al and Martyn are all consummate performers and proved again to be brilliant entertainers in true operatic fashion. The improvised recitative section in each of the 3 sessions were inspired – apologies to those Cheshire Wives’ fans P3! Morvyn in 8-5 did a brilliant job of improvising with them too.
‘Impromptu opera’ , as they are known, spend most of their time entertaining at special events – weddings and restaurants etc – we are their only school workshop – thanks to Amanda Wright who knows them personally and asks them to deliver it every year.