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Atlanta Opera: Bilingual Opera for Students and Families

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The Atlanta Opera has started 2014 by embracing a vital component of their mission – community engagement. They are bringing opera to students and families throughout Georgia this January with the Atlanta Opera Studio Tour, introducing thousands to their first taste of opera with a bilingual children’s opera, En Mis Palabras. 'Reaching out to the younger generation is a key part of how we develop and foster an appreciation for this magnificent art form in our community,' said Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director, in a recent communication.

Last weekend they returned to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum as part of their collaboration with the Molly Blank Jewish Concert series. The initial concert in the series was recognized as one of “the most notable performances and events in Atlanta” for 2013 by ArtsATL.com. The Atlanta Opera’s production of Tosca was also recognized, as was their “advocating the 'made here, performed here' concept and verbally investing in the city’s own creativity.”

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES OF 'EN MIS PALABRAS'

Music by Roger Ames • Libretto by Jeffrey Gilden

Date/Time: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Location: LaAmistad at The Lodge Peachtree Presbyterian Church

Date/Time: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Location: The Atlanta Opera Center

A bilingual (Spanish and English) opera, En Mis Palabras is an opera that every student, no matter his or her cultural background, can relate to. Ana Maria struggles with the adolescent dilemma of finding her own voice and figuring out who she is, while her father struggles with the adult dilemma of knowing when and how much to let go so that this young adult may safely develop that sense of self. En Mis Palabras features four singers, guitarist and pianist.

• For grades 6-12
• Performance Running Time: 45 minutes
• Educational prep materials correspond directly with Common Core Georgia Performance Standards for English Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, Music and Theater
• Admission: $7 per person

Community Performances of The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour are designed to make these special student operas available to families, homeschool groups and community organizations.

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