Opera-Tune Thoughts: Project Plan
Updated: Nov 17, 2019
Our project connects the opera students working on the RNCM's production of Gianni Schicchi to the residents at Belong Morris Feinmann in Didsbury. The workshops are multi-sensory and are designed to engage all residents including those living with dementia.
We will run four workshops aimed at sharing the joy of opera, and exploring the themes of Puccini's comic masterpiece. Our workshops will promote a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The sessions will include an introduction to the characters, storyline and themes in Gianni Schicchi, however these elements will be explored through a range of engaging interactive activities such as craft, sensory activities, handling of costume and props and dance. The workshops will also include performances of arias from the opera sung by the cast from the RNCM masters course. We will have a sing-a-long of the famous song 'Oh Mio Babbino Caro' each week in order to promote auditory memory and familiarity. Our sessions will be informal allowing the residents to discuss and explore opera's art form with the RNCM opera students, and get a sense of what it is like to study and perform an opera.
Following the workshops the group of residents will be invited to attend a performance of the opera at the RNCM in early December.
To find out more about Belong Morris Feinmann click here.