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Level I (Ages 8-13): June 18th – July 2nd 2014 (weekdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm)
Camp Director: Jennifer Cresswell
Level II (Ages 14-21): June 28th - August 1st (see Camp Schedule below)
Camp Directors: Jennifer Cresswell & Dr. Sean Cooper
Level I Opera Camp Director: Jennifer Cresswell
Exploring the world of opera! From singing on stage to creating their own sets and costumes, children will love the hands-on approach to learning about this all-inclusive art form.
In this year’s camp students will learn and perform music from a contemporary opera, The Very Last Green Thing, written especially for children by Cary John Franklin. In this environmental fable, set 400 years in the future, students are raised and taught by a robot. On a rare field trip “outside,” they discover something completely foreign to them – the very last green thing on earth.
Level II Opera Camp Directors: Jennifer Cresswell & Dr. Sean Cooper
In Toledo Opera’s summer Opera Camp, participants explore first-hand the world of opera and some of the most famous (and infamous) characters of the operatic repertoire. With a low teacher to student ratio, the camp focuses attention on the individual, with activities that include training in healthy singing technique and vocal and dramatic coaching.
Camp Schedule: Beginning the week of June 28th, 2014, participants will meet for three hours once each week for five weeks in small groups (2-4 people in each one)* for music rehearsals, where they will prepare for a five-day intensive workshop that meets from 1 to 4 PM, July 28 to August 1. During the workshop, participants will put the finishing touches on the scenes they have prepared, with a fully staged performance on August 1.
*Rehearsals will be arranged once auditions have taken place and scenes have been chosen that are appropriate for the voice types in each small group. Rehearsal times will depend on the preferences of the group members
Jennifer Cresswell, soprano
An artist who wears many hats, Jennifer Cresswell was last seen on the stage with Toledo Opera in the role of Liù in Turandot and as Frasquita in Carmen. Other roles in her repertoire include Blanche in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites and Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene. In 2011, Ms. Cresswell made her debut as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. A former participant in Toledo Opera’s Artists in Residence Program, she now serves as Artistic Director for its touring education program, Opera on Wheels, and as Co-Director of its summer Opera Camp. She specializes in transforming classic operas into 40-minute touring productions for children, including this year's production of The Italian Girl, a modern-day adaptation of Gioacchino Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. Ms. Cresswell is also the host of Morning and Evening Classics on WGTE public radio FM91 in Toledo.
Sean Cooper, bass-baritone
A member of the voice faculty at Bowling Green State University, Sean Cooper has performed on the operatic and concert stage in works ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. He appeared as Colline in the original Broadway cast of Baz Luhrmann’s La bohème as well as in Toledo Opera's Fall 2012 production. Favorite roles include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, and Sarastro and Der Sprecher in The Magic Flute. He has performed with Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera North, and Liederkranz Opera, and in concert with the Sacramento Choral Society, the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and numerous symphony orchestras. Dr. Cooper is also the Co-Director of Toledo Opera’s summer Opera Camp.
Level II (ages 14-21):