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OperaUpClose presents

Ulla's Odyssey Workshop

Sunday 12 February
Mezzanine Gallery

In a nutshell

An interactive workshop exploring opera and themes of Ulla’s Odyssey, where children can learn to sing out and speak out.

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Make a day of it with Ulla’s Odyssey’s interactive workshop! Members of the cast, musicians and creative team will help children get the most out of the performance of Ulla's Odyssey, deepen their understanding of opera as an art form and stimulate a lasting interest in live performance. This one hour interactive workshop designed for KS2 (7-11 year olds) focuses on various aspects of opera, such as how different musical instruments change the mood, how opera singers use their voices, how the design helps the story (eg with a puppet cat!), and how opera can illuminate issues like pollution, migration and global responsibility. Children will have fun and learn to use their own voices to speak out and sing out.

What to Expect

The performers will talk about their roles, getting the children to join in on activities that reflect themes in the plot. There may be moments of pretending to capture the north wind or acting like a sea monster!

Who's Involved

Alex Beetschen (Musical Director) trained at Jesus College, Cambridge where he gained BA (Hons) Music. He musically directed shows such as The Marriage of Figaro for OperaUpClose and Little Red for National Youth Ballet of Great Britain as well as providing new arrangements, and additional composition for the world premiere of Shock Treatment at the King’s Head Theatre.

Oskar McCarthy (Garibdis & Binnacle) studied English and Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. His operatic roles include Falke (Die Fledermaus) for OperaUpClose. Oskar is a core company member of ERRATICA, an ensemble with whom he trains and devises innovative cross-genre work.

Flora McIntosh (Goddess of the Sea) trained at the RNCM receiving generous support from the Peter Moores Foundation and the Countess of Munster Trust. Opera includes Carmen, Cherubino, Meg Page, Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), Suzanne (Butler’s A Better Place),Papagena and 3rd Lady (ETO).

Ruth Whybrow (Woodwind) studied Single Reed Doubling at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Theatre credits include: Bye Bye Birdie, (Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre), The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola Theatre) Singin’ in the Rain (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre), Hansel and Gretel (Edinburgh Fringe).

What people are saying

‘A children’s opera approached with grown-up values’ The Stage

‘Do more, it’s great’ 9-year old audience member

‘I’m amazed how glued my kids of 7 and 10 were…’ Parent

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Things you should know

For ages 7-11

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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