Spotlight Kids

Spotlight Kids

Spotlight Kids shines a light on the opera professionals of tomorrow by premiering original creations by kids today. Whether you’re new to opera or an expert, all are welcome to learn and express operatically!

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Spotlight Kids
  • Graham & Parks Elementary School Residency 2022

    Original songs encouraging equity, kindness, and environmental protection written and performed by 1st graders at Graham and Parks School, Cambridge Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Resident Teaching Artist: Lydia Jane Graeff. Classroom ...

  • Be a Changemaker

    An original song written and performed by 1st graders at Graham and Parks School, Cambridge Massachusetts in 2020. They began in person, and finished this piece during quarantine. BLO Teaching Artist: Andrea Gaudette. Teacher: Inbal Alon.

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  • An Immigration Story Trailer

    Over sixty 4th graders collaborated to create their own opera in a fully arts-integrated curriculum in the 2019/2020 school year. This trailer captures their work-in-progress. BLO Teaching Artists: Patricia Au, Devin Ferreira, Andrea Gaudette, Lydia Jane Graeff, Dan Jentzen, and Ray Reyes. Teache...

  • Highlights from the Festival of Classroom Operas

    Original operas created and performed in the Festival of Classroom Operas 2014/15 featuring students from Boston Public Schools UP Academy Holland and Joseph Lee K-8, as well as St. Brendan Catholic School. BLO Teaching Artists: Heather Gallagher and Brendan Buckley. Teachers: Maya Bloom, Katie M...

  • The Making of an Opera: Mesmerized!

    A behind the scenes look at the creation of an original opera written, composed, produced, and performed by the 5th and 6th grade students in 2017-2018 at St. Brendan Catholic School, Dorchester, Massachusetts. BLO Teaching Artists: Heather Gallagher and Patricia Au. St. Brendan 5th Grade Teacher...

  • Create Your Own Opera: BLO School Partnerships

    Students write, compose, and perform original opera. Featuring BPS Jackson Mann K-8, St. Brendan School, and Opera Camp 2018. Classroom educators participate in summer professional development, and Teaching Artists support in residencies during the following school year. Film by Ernesto Galan for...

  • The Making of an Opera: The Westing Game

    A behind the scenes look at the creation of an original opera written, composed, produced, and performed by the 5th and 6th grade students in 2016-2017 at Joseph Lee K-8 a Boston Public School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. BLO Teaching Artists: Heather Gallagher and Patricia Au. Lee Teachers: Rol...

  • The Defeat of Evil: Now The Magic Brings Us Together

    An original opera created and performed live by the participants of virtual Opera Camp 2020 co-presented with VOICES Boston and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. The performance is followed by a design presentation by the participants describing their artistic vision for a full prod...

  • Graham & Parks Elementary School Musical PSAs

    An original opera written, composed, and performed by 1st graders at Graham & Parks Elementary as a BLO Create Your Own Opera Residency. 2021 residencies were completely virtual. Classroom Teacher: Inbal Alon. BLO Resident Teaching Artist: Lydia Jane Graeff.

  • The Cloud Dragon - Edward Everett Elementary School

    An original opera written, composed, and performed by 3rd graders at Edward Everett Elementary as a BLO Create Your Own Opera Residency. 2021 residencies were completely virtual. This residency was funded in part by the BPS Arts Expansion Fund. Classroom Teacher: Rachael Leung. BLO Teaching Art...

  • Walsh the Inventor - Edward Everett Elementary School

    An original opera written, composed, and performed by 1st graders at Edward Everett Elementary as a BLO Create Your Own Opera Residency. 2021 residencies were completely virtual. This residency was funded in part by the BPS Arts Expansion Fund. Classroom Teacher: Lorraine Pearson. BLO Resident ...

  • Beach Clean-Up - Edward Everett Elementary Musical PSA

    An original opera written, composed, and performed by Kindergarteners at Edward Everett Elementary as a BLO Create Your Own Opera Residency. 2021 residencies were completely virtual. This residency was funded in part by the BPS Arts Expansion Fund. Classroom Teacher: Sophie Yang. BLO Resident T...

  • Clean Water for Life - St. Brendan School Musical PSA

    An original opera written, composed, and performed by 5th Graders at St. Brendan School as a BLO Create Your Own Opera Residency. 2021 residencies were completely virtual. Classroom Teacher: Carola Tabela. BLO Teaching Artist: Devin Ferreira.

  • Little Red Riding Hood: Jackson Mann Residency 2018

    Boston Public School Third Grade wrote, composed and performed an original opera, Little Red Riding Hood and adapted the book Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter into an original opera in Allston, Massachusetts in 2018 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO ...

  • Nasreen's Secret School: Edward Everett Elementary Third Grade Residency 2022

    Boston Public School Third Graders adapted the book Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter into an original opera in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Teaching Artist: Ava Sophia Dudani. Classroom Teacher: Rachael Leung.

  • Nory Ryan’s Song: Saint Brendan School Fifth Grade Residency 2022

    Saint Brendan Fifth Graders adapted the book Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff into an original opera in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Resident Teaching Artist: Patricia Au. Classroom Teacher: Carola Tabela.

  • Three Little Wolves: Edward Everett Elementary Kindergarten 2 Residency 2022

    Boston Public School Kindergarten 2 Class adapted the book The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas into an original opera in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Resident Teaching Artist: Lydia Jane Graeff....

  • Three Little Pigs: Edward Everett Elementary Kindergarten 1 Residency 2022

    Boston Public School Kindergarten 1 Class adapted the book The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszkainto an original opera in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Resident Teaching Artist: Lydia Jane Graeff. Classro...

  • Stone Soup: Edward Everett Elementary First Grade Residency 2022

    Boston Public School First Graders wrote, composed and performed an original opera, Stone Soup in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Resident Teaching Artist: Lydia Jane Graeff. Classroom Teacher: Lorraine Pearson.

  • Zombie Circus: Edward Everett Elementary Forth Grade Residency 2022

    Boston Public School Forth Graders wrote, composed and performed an original opera, Zombie Circus in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Teaching Artist: Ava Sophia Dudani. Classroom Teacher: Colum Whyte.

  • The Three Little Pigs: Edward Everett Elementary Kindergarten 0 Residency 2022

    Boston Public School Kindergarten 0 Class wrote, composed and performed an original opera, The Three Little Pigs in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 2022 as part of BLO’s Create Your Own Opera school partnership program. BLO Resident Teaching Artist: Lydia Jane Graeff. Classroom Teacher: Sophie Yang.