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Musical Storytime with Arizona Opera

Join members of the Arizona Opera Education Department every two weeks as we release a new Storytime with a musical twist! Travel with us as we visit Cinderella, explore the forest with Hansel and Gretel, take up residence at The Metropolitan Opera House, and more! Each selected story is woven together with musical experts to enhance the story being presented.

Starting Friday, September 25, 2020 through December, we will be releasing a new musical story every two weeks! Be sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our email list to enjoy each unique musical story.

 

Story Information:

 

Story 1: Hansel and Gretel by James Marshall

Release Date: September 25, 2020

Performed By: Diana Olivares, Education Teaching Artist and Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist. 

Behind the Scenes: Tiezheng Shen, Recording Engineer (piano)

Join Hansel and Gretel as they embark on a journey to find their way back home, but it is not without a few obstacles along the way. After being sent into the woods with only a loaf of bread they devise a plan of how to get back home. It is not long before they stumble on the most delicious house they have ever seen – but it’s not as good as it looks.

Our first Musical Storytime will release on Friday, September 25, 2020 – a traditional story, and opera, woven together to create a unique adventure for you and your family.

          

 

Story 2: Cinderella Retold by Barbara Karlin Illustrated by James Marshall

Release Date: October 9, 2020

Performed By: Diana Olivares, Education Teaching Artist and Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist

Behind the Scenes: Tiezheng Shen, Recording Engineer (piano)

Poor Cinderella! Her life is just fine - until her father marries a nasty woman with two even nastier daughters. When the girls are invited to a ball given in honor of the prince, they plan to leave Cinderella behind to do the house work. But Cinderella's fairy godmother has other ideas... Filled with grinning rats, glass slippers, and a whole coach-full of laughs. 

        

 

Story 3: Pet of the met by lydia and don freeman

Release Date: October 23, 2020

Performed By: Diana Olivares, Education Teaching Artist and Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist

Behind the Scenes: Tiezheng Shen, Recording Engineer (piano)

Maestro Petrini is very lucky. He is the only mouse who works at the Metropolitan Opera House. The only danger is Mefisto, the Opera House cat, who hates music - and mice! Then one day, the Petrini family attends a performance of The Magic Flute, and something happens to Mefisto that proves just how magical opera can be.

      

 

Story 4: Never Play Music Right NExt to the zoo by John Lithgow

Release Date: November 6, 2020

Performed By: Diana Olivares, Education Teaching Artist and Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist

Behind the Scenes: Tiezheng Shen, Recording Engineer (piano)

This zany picture book follows a boy who attends a concert next to the zoo. Bored with the performance, he begins dozing off. Suddenly the concert gets out of hand when the zoo animals storm the stage and play the instruments themselves! Arizona Opera is reading this book with permission from Simon & Schuster.

      

 

Story 5: The Great Poochini by Gary Clement

Release Date:  November 25, 2020 

Performed By: Diana Olivares, Education Teaching Artist and Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist

Behind the Scenes: Tiezheng Shen, Recording Engineer (piano)

By day Signor Poochini is a dog, lying peacefully in his master’s living room and listening to music. But by night he is the Great Poochini, the most acclaimed singer in all opera — dog opera that is. One evening, when Poochini is ready to leave home and the opera hall is filling with dogs excitedly awaiting his performance, Poochini’s master leaves the window locked, and Poochini cannot get out. He is in despair, until suddenly a cat burglar appears, and what might have been a disaster becomes an opportunity. 

    

 

Story 6: Because by Mo Willems

Release Date: December 4, 2020 

Performed By: Diana Olivares, Education Teaching Artist and Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist

Behind the Scenes: Tiezheng Shen, Recording Engineer (piano)

The story of how little things can have a big effect. It starts with Beethoven inspiring Schubert, which lead to symphonies around the world performing his music. This inspiration ultimately leads to a young girl whose uncle is too sick to attend the symphony, so her aunt brings her in his place. This inspires a lifelong love of music in her and she grows up to compose and conduct her own symphonies.

Check back Friday, December 4, 2020 on this page as well as on our social media pages for the episode!

 

Story 7: The Magic Flute by mozart, Adapted by Kyra Teis

Release Date: December 18, 2020

Performed By: Diana Olivares, Education Teaching Artist and Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist

Behind the Scenes: Tiezheng Shen, Recording Engineer (piano)

When Prince Tamino sees Princess Pamina, it is love at first sight. Determined to save her from and evil villain, he travels through a dark and dangerous forest, accompanied only by a magic flute and the clownish Papageno. Even when he finds the Princess, his quest is not complete - can Prince Tamino overcome the trials of silence, patience, and courage to win Princess Pamina's hand in marriage? 

Check back Friday, December 18, 2020 on this page as well as on our social media pages for the episode!