Opera workshops hit the right note with students

WA Opera singers Lucy Mervik and Jonathan Brain conduct a vocal workshop at St Paul's Primary School.
WA Opera singers Lucy Mervik and Jonathan Brain conduct a vocal workshop at St Paul's Primary School.

Singers Jonathan Brain and Lucy Mervik and accompanist Tommaso Pollio hosted seven performances at five schools last week before taking feedback from students.

WA Opera education co-ordinator Terasa Letizia said the aim of the program was to get immediate feedback from their young audience and teachers to determine if the program was age and level-appropriate.

‘We want to develop programs and performances that are relevant, fun, engaging and interesting that will leave the kids wanting more,’ Ms Letizia said.

‘Most schools have a choir or music of some sort, so it’s just offering another level of music.

‘Opera music is often playing along in the background of their life.

‘Shows like X Factor and The Voice are all about singing and lots of kids want to sing.’

Ms Letizia said the St Paul’s students did not have a choir, but sang hymns and asked very interesting questions.