We are very proud of our Opera Unlimited Summer Opera Day Camp. The camp provides an enriching experience for children that is fun and rewarding. Many of our students return time and again and say that the camp is the highlight of their year. A large number of our students have gone on to major in music in college and to careers in music. Several of them credit our camp with inspiring them to pursue their music careers.
Due to COVID, there will be no summer opera camp in 2021. In 2022, we anticipate a full, in-person summer camp in June/July, as we had in previous years.
The 20th Opera Unlimited Summer Youth Opera Camp will feature two short (~40 minute) operas:
The first in Hans Krasa's Brundibar, a historically significant children's opera written just before World War II. The opera became famous because of performances by children at the Teresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp to which Krasa had been sent. Krasa was ultimately killed in Auschwitz in 1944, but the performances at Terezin continued. This charming opera has solo lines for many actors. We envision our younger children performing most of these parts. We presented Brundibar in 2006.
The CBS program 60 minutes presented a piece on Brundibar several years ago.
The 2nd opera will be Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury. This is a very funny short opera with wonderful music, in typical G&S style, and NO dialogue. We expect that the solo parts will be manned mostly by older children. An interesting article on Trial by Jury can be seen here.
Tax-deductible donations to Opera Unlimited to help defray the costs would be appreciated (For information on supporting Opera Unlimited go to Supporting OU).
A photo from our 2019 presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe.