Children’s Opera

College of Charleston School of The Arts Children’s Opera

Each spring, opera students at The College of Charleston Department of Music perform a children’s opera at schools throughout Charleston Country. Operas are created and set to existing classical scores, and familiar children’s stories are adapted to focus on matters that have educational value for elementary school students.

During the 2018 – 2019 school year, students at Johns and Wadmalaw Island elementary schools will be delighted with what is often their first experience with opera. The story telling, music, costumes and scenery bring this performing art form to life. Following each performance, students have the opportunity to engage with the singers and learn more about the art and craft of producing an opera.

The opera will be performed by College of Charleston opera students under the direction of David Templeton, Associate Professor of Voice and Opera.  For 2018 – 2019, the opera will be Little Red Riding Hood.  Set to classical music, the story will be adapted to focus on obeying your parents and being careful when approached by a stranger.