My six year old grandson tries to sing opera. He started this about two years ago. Recently, his mom and I were listening to Luciano Pavarotti via computer, and my grandson kept telling everyone "shh, I'm trying to listen to this". Afterward he asked very seriously, "Mom! When can we go to the opera place?" Now the problem is we live in a rural area in Missouri. Besides buying him opera artist CD's, how can I help him pursue this intrest? We have extreemly modest income.
How can I help my six year old grandson pursue his intrest in Opera?home theater
Some opera companies have a division called Education and Outreach where a small group of singers and a pianist will tour to elementary schools to perform opera.
A school's PTA (or parent organization) will raise money or seek a state grant to pay for the performance. Since you live in Missouri, your best bet might be to contact Union Avenue Opera or Opera Theatre of St. Louis, both in St. Louis, to see if they offer a touring outreach production. They should be extremely helpful in bringing live opera to your district or certainly can point you in the right direction.
Also, I am not sure if company's will even allow a 6 year old to see most grand opera's (the Pavarotti ones contain adult subject matter) but he can certainly see most light operettas.
Below is a link to almost every accredited opera house in the US, you might have one closer to you, that may have a touring program.
Other very inexpensive resources for classical music appreciation: university/college productions and voice recitals.
How can I help my six year old grandson pursue his intrest in Opera?comedy club opera theater
make the long trip to the opera as a birthday, christmas gift for him. continue to buy the cds and dvds. talk to a local music teacher---in school and out(freelance)---they may have a few ideas as well. he may be willing to try to "earn" some of the money for these things with a few chores.
try music lessons--voice or instrument
If you go to church, get him into the choir if you can. If you have no facilities available for him to go and watch the opera, rent videos and keep buying the music. Also, can he take music lessons or voice lessons? That might either make or break his interest right there.
Whether his interest is in listning or performing opera, a familiarity in foreign language is desirable. Italian or French would be best, but any European language - German, Spanish, Latin, Russian would broaden his appreciation for musical communication.
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