The public performance was their third, having done two for the school community. The accompaniment was piano and flute, with both the score and the libretto cut down to about ninety minutes. They were magnificent. I think back on my own seventh grade year and cannot imagine us having done something as epic as mounting an opera production.
The kids had a hell of a lot of heart, and sang well. Some of them very well, indeed. Everybody knew their lines and their numbers. Afterward, the post-performance energy was crackling. They all had their theater high on. It was so much fun to see the performance, and to see their excitement at knowing how well they'd done.
Today after her lacrosse game, the family is taking our opera star out to a celebratory lunch. We'e very proud of her.
She goes to Portland Waldorf School in Milwaukie, which does not permit photography or recording of live performances. Those events are intended to be experienced and remembered subjectively, not captured. I did manage to grab a few iPhone cam shots after the performance.
the_child (center-left) and her mother (center-right) after the show. Mother of Child and the woman to her right did all the costuming.
Papagena and Papageno. There were also six little Papaganettes.
The dragon from the first scene.
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