Opera is Instrumental

The “Opera is Instrumental” project provided students of the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) a unique opportunity to rehearse and present a mini-opera with professional singers from Eugene Opera. This year, the featured opera was a 20-minute reduction of Puccini's masterwork Tosca.

The project began with the preparation of shortened musical scores of Tosca. Students practiced the parts individually and then together under ESYO’s conductor, David Jacobs of the UO School of Music and Dance. Next they participated in a designated rehearsal led by Andrew Bisantz, Artistic Director and Conductor of Eugene Opera. Finally, three opera singers from the production of Tosca joined EYSO for a rehearsal.

This project was an unique opportunity for students to learn about the challenges of playing in an opera orchestra. Successfully piloted in 2020, we look forward to future collaborations with the Youth Symphony.

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