Hansel and Gretel at the Opera – Digital
For 4 to 6 year olds
Discover all the richness of opera through Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
Immerse yourself in the world of the voice: make vocalisations, explore the registers and find your own. Even learn a tune and choreography to sing and dance like Hansel and Gretel. As you demystify the wonderful job of a lyric singer, you’ll see that opera is not rocket science!
2 available versions for 4-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds
Duration of each workshop: 4 segments of 8 to 10 minutes each
Language of presentation: French and English
Available from January 2021
Concept : Aurélie Négrier
Original concept : Myriam Laroche
Host : Aurélie Négrier (FR) / Gabriela Iznardo (ENG)
Contributing artists : Cécile Muhire, Charlotte Gagnon, Guillaume Rodrigue and Carl Matthieu Neher
PART 1: WHAT IS OPERA? In this first segment, we discover that opera is a mixture of theater, music and voice. We explore the Brothers Grimm’ story of Hansel and Gretel. We also look at the opera Hansel and Gretel and its music by composer Humperdinck. In this segment, you will meet Carl Mathieu Neher, a professional pianist who encourages us to experience the emotions conveyed by music.
PART 2 : OPERA VOICES AND LANGUAGES. What is the singer’s role in the opera? The human voice is a musical instrument not quite like the others as when we sing, our whole body becomes the instrument. Singing with an operatic voice takes a lot of practice! In this segment we meet Charlotte Gagnon who tells us more about the different voice registers and who makes us sing in different languages.
PART 3 : LET’S PLAY THE COMEDY! In an opera, the singer must be able to play different characters. The singer must also be able to modulate his/her acting according to the emotion that needs to be conveyed. This time, we meet Guillaume Rodrigue, actor and singer, who invites us to play with our voice to elicit different reactions from the audience!
PART 4 : FIND YOUR VOICE! The opera singer is like an athlete and needs to be well trained. In this last segment, we vocalize with soprano Cécile Muhire and we sing with all of the artists from Opera-Candy: The Gourmet Adventure of Hansel and Gretel!