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The Barber of Seville for Preschool

Opera Ignite is excited to partner with Toledo Opera for the fourth year to bring “An Opera is a Story” to preschoolers. This year, children in eight Toledo Public School classrooms will be exploring the music and characters from The Barber of Seville… “Fiiigaro! Fiiigaro!” The residency is designed to support language, literacy and social-emotional …read more

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Arts-Integration in India

From Oct 19-30, Opera Ignite’s Founding Director, Christina Farrell, will lead an arts-integrated residency in Rajkot, Gujarat, India through the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. She will work with five classrooms at the MANJUL Playhouse and Nursery to support language development through drama and music experiences. The school serves 113 disadvantaged children, …read more

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PNC Circle of Excellence Conference

What are the most important skills you bring to your job? Creativity? Critical Thinking? Communication? Collaboration? On June 9, Christina Farrell was a featured presenter at the PNC Circle of Excellence Conference in Tampa, FL where she described how Opera Ignite helps preschoolers develop these critical 21st century skills through Arts-integrated STEAM programs supported by PNC …read more

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Buzzword in Homewood – 4/25/15

Have some gigantic musical fun! As part of the Buzzword Pittsburgh initiative, Opera Ignite will lead an interactive experience for children and families at the Carnegie Library of Homewood to discover the word “GIGANTIC.” Families will explore big and small sounds through songs, creative movement and dramatic play. Imagine a pet as big as the ocean …read more

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The Barber of Seville – 5/2/15

For the last two months, children at the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Centers (COTRAIC) preschools have been exploring the opera “The Barber of Seville” with Opera Ignite teaching artists. Offered in partnership with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the classroom workshops invite children to sing along with the characters, create a thunderstorm with their bodies …read more

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Global Problems Global Solutions – 4/10/15

Opera Ignite, in partnership with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, will present at LaRoche College’s Global Problems Global Solutions conference on April 2015. In the morning, Founding Director Christina Farrell will join representatives from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Grow Up Great to discuss the Buzzword Pittsburgh initiative. Buzzword Pittsburgh is aimed to help address the …read more