This year, WCO continued its commitment to providing valuable education programs for all ages. In partnership with The Inspired Teaching School, a public charter elementary school in Washington, DC, WCO brought a teaching artist into the classrooms of grades K-4 to teach them the basics of opera and to introduce them to Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As part of this education program, the fourth grade class will take part in a presentation of this opera, adapted for a young audience. Some students will sing in the chorus and act out their parts with professional singers while others will work on costumes, scenery, and props. A performance will take place for students and their parents at the very end of May.
WCO again joined forces with IONA Senior Services to provide opera lectures (with musical recordings and videos) on the WCO season and related operas. In addition, with the support of the WCO Opera Guild, WCO presented pre-performance lectures free of charge for all ticket holders.
WCO worked in partnership with The Wagner Society of Washington, DC and Goethe-Institut to bring new awareness of Strauss’ Guntram. In late winter, Jim and Maestro Antony Walker joined in discussion about Richard Strauss before a full audience. This talk sparked a lively exchange with the audience and new interest in this composer and his operas. Work with local universities and their language classes attracted more attention to Guntram and promoted attendance by many local college students.