First of all, let me just say that this whole summer has been so much fun – and this week was no exception! We had a great time learning about opera, while celebrating one of my favorite events – the Olympic Games!! We had such a great time competing in musical competitions!
We kicked off the games with a Between the Lines Trivia Relay! The kids did an amazing job remembering facts from all of our lessons!! The first round ended in a tie – which was broken in the final! Team Awesome Opera Stars came out on top – just above Team Crazy Kings/Queens!
We went on to learn about opera – a performance where people sing a story. We let the kids in on the secret of opera – deep breathing! We did a great breathing workout before heading into our second Olympic competition – opera breathing! This competition was incredibly tight – and was followed immediately by the third event of the games – Opera Singing! Each competitor took their turn to sing in their very best opera voice for the judges! It was so tough to call – they were all amazing!
We used our new skills to compete in the fourth event – the team sport of Opera Story Singing! We told the story of Cinderella – one sung sentence at a time! The singing was so beautiful
We took a break from the games to listen to some samples of real opera! We listened to selections from Cinderella and our story of the day, Hänsel und Gretel!
Following the examples of opera, we held our fifth event – the Opera Dance-Off! We danced to “Hexenritt” from the opera Hänsel und Gretel and danced like the Baba Yaga!
After the gold medal final in the trivia relay, it was time for the medal ceremony! Each member of the Between the Lines team was awarded their well-earned gold medal, and as they stood atop the podium, the BTL anthem was played!! Each member sang proudly as they showed off their gold medals to the world!