Opera Makers: Activities for Young Creatives 
is a series of quick-bite videos for young people (ages 7-12) to explore and try their hand at all the art forms that make up opera. Led by the Canadian Opera Company's acclaimed teaching artists, topics range from singing and composing to movement and design. 

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WEEK 1: TONGUE TWISTERS
Tongue Twisters

For opera singers, it’s not always about singing the loudest; it’s also about singing the clearest. Soprano Karine White uses a series of tongue twisters to teach kids the concept of diction and what kinds of exercises an opera singer might use to warm-up before singing.

WEEK 2: SING LIKE AN OPERA SINGER
Sing Like An Opera Singer

No musical experience is required to take part in this opera exploration! Soprano Makenzie Morgan will lead participants through some of her favourite vocal warm-ups and exercises, using a famous aria that will sound familiar to many people: the "Habanera" from the opera blockbuster Carmen.

WEEK 3: MUSIC AND MOTIFS
Music and Motifs

What’s the difference between a melody and a motif? Composer Saman Shahi will explain all, using simple rhythms and tunes to teach some of the fundamentals of music composition. At the end, young participants will apply what they’ve learned to create a musical piece of their own.

WEEK 4: SETTING THE STAGE
Setting the Stage

There’s more to opera than performing – creating a visual world for characters to exist in is also an important part of any production. Guided by designer Sonja Rainey, kids will learn the basics of opera set design before making their own model set using materials found around the house.

WEEK 5: LET'S TALK OPERA!
Let's Talk Opera!

When it comes to opera, many people are familiar with “arias” – or the big, musical moments. In this lesson, director and opera singer Renee Salewski will introduce participants to another important element called “recitative,” which uses sung conversations to move along the story on stage.

WEEK 6: COMPOSER'S CORNER
Composer's Corner

Opera can be sung in any number of languages – but you don’t need to understand the words to feel the emotions through the music. Composer Chris Thornborrow leads this session on “word painting,” inviting participants to create a melody that reflects their feelings and experiences.

WEEK 7: BRAIN & BODY BOOST
Brain & Body Boost

Performing can take a lot out of an artist! With new music composed for this program and performed by Roydon Tse, dancer Annemarie Cabri will demonstrate expressive movement techniques that anyone – especially kids – can use to unwind and relax.

WEEK 8: ARIA MAD LIBS
Aria Mad Libs

This week puts our instructors’ creativity to the test – with the help of some audience participation! Using the craziest words submitted by participants, opera singer Karine White and pianist Vlad Soloviev will put together a “Mad Libs”-style opera aria for the series’ grand finale.

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