|Our Education Program|
CGO&O Education Mission
Role of the Student Performance
The student matinee performances are of an equal integrity with our regular performances for adult audiences. These are fully-staged productions with soloists, full orchestra, costumes and scenery along with all technical aspects of our productions. We do, however, sometimes adjust the length of the opera to suit the schedules of students. Normally, the performance is 2-3 hours in length with time allowed for transportation of students and an intermission for a lunch break. We do not, however, compromise on the quality of our performances. This adherence to a fully-realized production for students is considered by the company to be a vital part of their opera experience.
The productions for both the students and adults are sung in their original language with projected supertitles above the stage. These supertitles, which provide a simultaneous translation, have been adopted by major companies around the country. They greatly enhance the appreciation and understanding of all dimensions of the presented work. The use of the original language has also proved to be of worth for foreign language students.
Sometimes the length of the production is adjusted to accommodate school schedules. Although understandably an expensive undertaking, the value of this kind of presentation is manifold and immediately apparent in the response.
The company involves teachers as much as possible in the planning process for the Education Program. We explore linking the opera study program into the general curriculum of the school. The three areas examined include connections with English curriculum, social studies, and mathematics involving opera production financing. All proposed activities are thoroughly discussed with teachers during the orientation sessions.
The collaboration with the Stamford, Connecticut Public School includes planning meetings and orientation sessions with teachers, facilitated by the Company's Education Director, visits from Teaching Artists from the Company singers and musicians.
Preparation and School Study Program
Schools work with the company in preparing students to attend the performances. A variety of programs addressing different levels of involvement by the students are undertaken. The involvement of teachers and an orientation for them have proven to be vital elements in the study program. All schools are provided with background materials and resource information for further preparation. These include CD’s and librettos as well as visual aids such as posters and DVD’s.
The overall educational approach espoused by the company includes: