Opera in School

On Friday 11th September we had a magical day of opera in school as part of the very first Opera Sark Festival. Baritone, Mark Llewellyn Evans arrived in school at 9.30am and worked with all four classes, helped by soprano Danae, mezzo soprano Claire and pianist Liz so that by the end of the day the children were able to perform the story of 'The Magic Flute' for parents and friends.

We learnt choruses from the opera, putting moves to the music to make for a more dramatic effect. Ameila, Finn, Hazel and Katrina made a fantastic monster who came to attack handsome hero, Tamino, played by Jack, who is resucued by the three ladies, played by Brianna, Katie and Mali. After trials and tribulations a happy ending was reached with Papageno [Mark] getting his Papagena played beautifully by Cerys.

The three ladies rescue Tamino from the monster

Tamino and Papageno search for the princess, Pamina

All smiles at the happy ending!

Everyone left school after a thoroughly enjoyable day when we had learnt that opera is all about telling a story through music, that there are six main voice types, the soprano being the highest female voice and the bass the lowest male voice. And that, according to Mark, the tenor may be paid more but the baritone is the best!

Mark Llewellyn Evans, Papageno

Hopefully Opera Sark will return and we can look forward to another 'opera day' in school.