What does a day at LA Opera look like? Such a question has several different answers.
For 150 scholars from the Compton and Carson Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools, a day at LA Opera meant a true recital experience. This past Friday, LA Opera hosted the Freedom Schools scholars for a day of discovery.The children discussed opera as well as listened to teaching artists Lisa Eden, Orson Van Gay, and Charlie Kim perform famous arias, including “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (part of LA Opera’s upcoming season opener). Through this recital process the children were exposed to a new form of storytelling.
Last week’s recital was the first collaboration between LA Opera and Freedom Schools, a project of the Children’s Defense Fund. The fund is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has relentlessly worked for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. This message resonated with LA Opera as the partnership is another way to educate children on the joys of storytelling through opera.