dateOctober 14, 2008
categoryOpera Carolina News
Little Red entertains students
Almost 900 Elementary school children enjoyed performances of Little Red's Most Unusual Day by opera Carolina Express on Oct. 3 at the Rock School.
The opera was set to music of Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini and German composer, Jacques Offenbach.
Before the performance, students studied the composers' biographies and opera terms using study guides provided by the educational wing of Opera Carolina.
The performance was an adaptation by John Davies of Little Red Riding Hood with music from Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Little Red Riding Hood was sung by soprano, Jenny Chen.
Little Red's mother was mezzo-soprano Stephanie Davis. Dudley, sung by tenor Daniel Hinson, was a Forest Ranger in the opera.
Mr. Bigbad, the big bad wolf, was sung by bass-baritone William Roberts, III, and Granny Riding Hood was sung by Stephanie Davis.
Dudley sang the famous aria "Largo al factotum della citta" from The Barber of Seville.
Little Red's mom and Little Red sang the popular "Barcarolle" duet from The Tales of Hoffman. Dudley, who loved Little Red's mom, saved everyone from the deceptions of Mr. Bigbad and ended the action by asking Little Red's mom to the Forest Ranger Ball.
The performances were supported by the Rock School Arts Foundation, and made possible in part by a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the NC Arts Council and Burke Arts Council.
The News Herald