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Activity: Exploring Opera Voices in Cinderella MUSIC – OPEN, GR. 9 TO 12 CRITICAL LEARNING

GUIDING QUESTIONS

w Students will use their listening skills to critically explore music and drama in opera.

w Why did Rossini intend for Angelina to be played by a mezzo-soprano?

w Students will be able to explain the effect of casting choices and voice types on characterization.

w What archetypes are associated with the following voice types: soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, tenor, baritone and bass? w How does casting influence the mood and overall production of the opera?

CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS w The Critical Analysis Process: Use the critical analysis process when responding to, analyzing, reflecting on and interpreting music.

Learning Goals (Unpacked Expectations)

w Skills and Personal Growth: Demonstrate an understanding of how performing, creating and critically analyzing music has affected a student’s skills and personal development.

w Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of casting and its effects on characterization.

w Characteristics and Development of Music: Demonstrate an understanding of the history of various musical forms and of characteristics of music from around the world.

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

w Apply critical thinking strategies and effectively use listening skills to analyze musical works in an opera.

INSTRUCTIONAL COMPONENTS AND CONTEXT Readiness

Materials

w Review synopsis of Cinderella prior to delivering this lesson.

w Internet access: 1) Visit the Cinderella listening guide at: http:// www.coc.ca/PerformancesAndTickets/1011Season/ LaCenerentola/ListeningGuide.aspx and listen to the audio clips.

w Have an understanding of the different voice types in opera.

2) Information on opera etiquette at the Canadian Opera Company’s Online Learning Centre: http:// www.coc.ca/ExploreAndLearn/NewToOpera/ OnlineLearningCentre/FAQsandEtiquette.aspx w Chart paper and markers w Cue cards w Appendices

Canadian Opera Company 2010/2011

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