Opera is Instrumental

The “Opera is Instrumental” project provides students of the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) a unique opportunity to rehearse and present a mini-opera with professional singers from Eugene Opera. The mini-opera is a 20-minute reduction of Puccini's masterwork Tosca, which Eugene Opera will perform at the Hult Center, in Eugene, on March 13 and 15, 2020.

The project begins with the preparation of shortened musical scores of Tosca. Students will practice the parts individually, then together under ESYO’s conductor, David Jacobs of the UO School of Music and Dance. Next they will participate in a designated rehearsal led by Andrew Bisantz, Artistic Director and Conductor of Eugene Opera. Finally, three opera singers from the production of Tosca will join EYSO for a rehearsal. Lastly, students will offer a presentation of their work for parents and friends. Students and chaperones will also receive a complimentary ticket to a performance of Eugene Opera's production of Tosca.

This project, now in a pilot year, is an unique opportunity for students to learn about the challenges of playing in an opera orchestra.

Funding for Opera is Instrumental is generously provided by the Coquille Tribal Community Foundation.