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Virtual Summer Camp

June 8th – July 10th

Community Works is having another innovative season of summer camps; this time it is virtual and FREE! Registration is open now and will continue throughout the summer, so go check out their incredible programming! 

New Orleans Opera is teaching a fabulous workshop featuring characters and music from Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville as well as Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, along with other operas, time permitting. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for your children, grades 4 through 8 to learn about singing, character development, the parts of the theatre, famous opera songs and arias and how to construct props and costume pieces at home!

If you are interested in signing your child up for the opera classes, choose the ‘Storytelling Works’ for your area of interest.

The opera classes include:

  • Exploring Figaro, Act I aria the “Largo al factotum” (in English) and we’ll learn about the plot and characters in The Barber of Seville! We’re also going to teach vocal warm-ups, along with acting, prop-making and costume activities. 
  • Weeks two and three will continue with the songs “Poor Wand’ring One” from Pirates of Penzance and a song that we have named “Warriors of Wotan” (based on the melody from the Ride of the Valkyries) from Die Walküre.  
  • We’ll teach fun facts about the stories and characters from these operas, and the students will have lots of imaginative activities in all three workshops! 

This is New Orleans Opera’s second year participating with the Community Works Summer Camps. Classes led by Taylor Ott with Jesse Reeks accompanying.

Taylor Ott, Instructor

Taylor Ott is a graduate from the New York City Mannes Conservatory of Music and she has extensive experience in opera and musical theatre performance in London, U.K. Taylor is also a stage director, choreographer and multimedia arts producer.  She has been the artistic director for several of our NOOA education projects since 2019, and she was the stage director for the Summer, 2019 Community Works, NOOA and Dillard University collaboration, entitled From Bizet to Mozart: A Journey Through Opera.

Jesse Reeks, Collaborative Pianist

Jesse Reeks is the son of two very successful musicians, and he has played the piano since he was old enough to speak! He is also an expert on the accordion and a master-level organist.  Jesse is comfortable in any realm of music, from secular to sacred and from classical to jazz. He has been the collaborative pianist for the Opéra Nouvelle series for the past year and a half, and he maintains an active performance schedule, even on the “virtual” level!