Opera Education is the Italian platform that, since 1996, promotes passion for opera in a young audience as an instrument for a more complete education.
The project, born from the pedagogical and artistic intuition of Barbara Minghetti, was devised and realized by AsLiCo – The ‘Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana,’ a cultural institution recognized at a national and international level for the high quality of its lyrical production and for the willingness to support young talents, singers, directors and composers. Opera Education cultivates the natural enthusiasm of the youth for symphonic music and opera, producing shows adapted for its special audience with emerging professionals, and thanks to the six dedicated formats for ages 0-30, guarantees high quality proposals, cohesive with the demands of different age groups.
Opera Education orients itself on two poles: on one side, there’s that which sets us apart, which is the musical preparation route, of which the theatrical production signifies completion. It promotes innovative and inclusive didactic methodology. Music, theatre, play, literature, history, current events and interdisciplinary content from year to year accompany educators, instructors, children, teens and families on a trip across one of the untouchable cultural inheritances of humanity. The ultimate goal is to put children and teen’s curiosity and interest in motion through discussions about opera, which represents the most complex and versatile artform in Italian cultural patrimony but also a musical genre that’s often considered ‘boring’, difficult or, in the best case, reserved to a narrow circle of critics, less known in schools and less accessible to young people.
Thanks to the route curated by professor Carlo Delfrati, it speaks right to instructors and educators from scholastic areas different from Opera Education, supporting them in the didactic action of awareness of the students to musical theatre and providing adequate instruments to be able to operate in class within sight of this goal. With this project, the Opera enters schools in every grade, involving children from an early age, teaching them to sing arias, understand the texts and actively participate, elaborating fun educational and theatrical strategies, but overall adapted for the general public. Learning how to sing some arias and constructing little props with which one can interact as an audience member are just some of the activities offered by Opera Domani which transform the little spectators into co-protagonists of an opera show of elevated artistic quality. Opera Education dismantles the ‘antique’ perception of the opera by establishing performances in which children can actively participate. It is called participative opera because the audience is involved throughout the entire duration of the performance. This is the other aspect, the stylistic sum of the projects.
“The result,” explains Barbara Minghetti, creator of the platform, “is a contagious enthusiasm that allows us to continue with great passion, always looking for innovative instruments and pedagogical methods, inventing new ways of introducing musical education. One could say that Opera Education is also a social mission because it puts children’s energy and their natural capacity to be amazed in contact with the beauty of a meaningful art. Our objective is to create the audience of tomorrow, but also to contribute to the formation of the best citizens.
And with this exact enthusiasm and mission from Opera domani, the foundational project of the platform, little satellites are born, destined to construct a truly complete and inclusive pathway, that accompanies the formation of a person, initially across the family nucleus via a pathway that educates on the benefits of music during pregnancy.
Opera Education’s productions visit twenty-nine cities and nine Italian regions (Campania, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Lombardy, Marche, Tuscany, Trentino, Veneto) and insert themselves in the European and international landscape, thanks to co-productions and preparations abroad, in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain, to arrive finally in the distant, exotic but extremely contemporary Oman.
Opera Education is a member of the European and international networks Reseo, Opera Europa and Fedora, participated in international announcements of cooperation for the financing of artistic productions (Culture Project, then Creative Europe) and is the winner of many different international awards.