Opera: Opera Scenes for high school choirs
Thank you again for all the repertoire suggestions for opera scenes for high school students.
Below is the compilation of responses.
Opera Scene Ideas
Magic Flute - Mozart
Boys' trio - Bald Prangt
Final chorus is great, but probably too high for sopranos.
Marriage of Figaro
Zerlina and Masetto arias
Zerlina/Giovanni duet: La ci darem la mano
Choruses: not that great
Cosi Fan Tutte
Trio from the end of Act I "Soave il vento." - Lovely short little trio that would sound good
whether or not the voices are "operatic."
If you've a couple of outstanding sopranos and a good tenor or baritone, the "Battle of the
Divas" trio from Mozart's "Impresario" works well in English, and is a crowd pleaser.
La ci Darem La Mano" for Sop and Baritone - Mozart
Lavergine Degli Angeli" - Aria for Sop. from La Forza Del Destino that has men on stage as
Macbeth - Witches' Chorus (larger womens' ensemble)
Nabucco by Verdi - Va pensiero
La Traviata by Verdi - Gypsy and Toreador choruses from party scene.
Child soldiers' chorus Act 1 (Jr high)
Chorus of Cigarette Girls Act 1 (Jr high)
Toreador aria and chorus if you have a GREAT baritone,
Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss -
Choruses or all if you have the sop. & tenor
Adele's Laughing Song
Dido and Aeneas by Purcell - whole thing if you have the principals Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
It was composed for a girls school, so it is perfect for HS. There is lots of variety - Greek tragedy.
Benjamin Britten wrote "Let's make an opera" for children.
Menotti also wrote a lot of children's roles:
Amahl and the Night Visitors
The Boy Who Grew Too Fast
The Singing Child
Hansel and Gretel:
When at night to sleep I go
Brother, come and dance with me
Old Maid and the Thief
Opening duet with Ms. Todd and Ms. Pinkerton
The Ballad of Baby Doe
Willow Song/Soft as the Summer's Night (you can do the entire scene that begins with the
chorus. However, you have to have an amazing soprano with solid, supported, Bbs5 and a
high D6. If you have a soprano with a solid supported Bb, you can replace the D6 with the
Bb5. The baritone role can be sung by a bari-tenor, or a baritone with solid, supported, E4s)
Lakme: Sous le dome epais (female duet)
Three Penny Opera - Kurt Weill
The Mikado - Gilbert & Sullivan
Porgy & Bess - Gershwin
Try contacting Alan Cathcart of "Peninsula Teen Opera" (San Francisco Bay Area)
The Canadian Children's Opera Company has commissioned operas (from Wikipedia)
* Dragon in the Rocks (2008) (Alexander Rapoport)
* A Dickens of a Christmas (2005) (Errol Gay)/(Michael Patrick Albano)
* The Hobbit (2004) (Dean Burry)
* The Star Child (1998) (John Greer/Ned Dickens)
* The Snow Queen (1993) (John Greer/Jeremy James Taylor)
* A Midwinter Night's Dream (Harry Somers/Tim Wynne-Jones)
* Dr. Canon's Cure (Derek Holman/Robertson Davies)
* Chip and His Dog (1978) (Gian Carlo Menotti)