Opera for the Young is thrilled to announce the release of three videos outlining the mission, in-school experience, and artistic excellence of our annual school tours. The three short introductory videos are the result of a year-long enterprise: a collaboration between Madison filmmaker, Miles Hofschulz and OFTY. The company was ready for a professionally produced video that would reflect the quality of our work – an ambitious undertaking given our widely varied and acoustically challenging locales. Enthusiasm for the project came from Hofschulz’ love for the arts: “I’ve always been a fan of classical music and the Opera for the Young cast features incredible talent, both the singers and pianist, so it’s a lot of fun to listen to and watch these artists perform. But it’s also a blast to see these kids feel the music, especially when their faces light up with wonder on the soprano’s high notes. Then they get a chance to sing along and may even get a speaking line in front of the whole school, it’s just such a unique experience.”
The clips from OFTY’s Beauty and the Beast were filmed at Kennedy Elementary in Janesville, WI with the help of music teacher Shelly Van Tassell and art teacher Karen Smerlinski. Together with Kennedy Principal Allison Degraaf, these three educators highlighted their experience and shared their view that OFTY’s high quality, accessible, fun brand of opera education is vital for their students. OFTY’s The Magic Flute performance was recorded at Glacier Edge Elementary in Verona, WI with music teacher Melissa Bremmer. What made this performance particulary exciting was the extent of student involvement – Bremmer taught the music to a large offstage chorus, allowing hundreds of students to participate on the day of the show. OFTY’s third featured production, The Barber of Seville, was filmed by the Madison Media Institute and performed at Marquette Elementary. Click here or on the above picture to watch the videos now!