Using Opera Land at Home A Guide for Families

We hope you will enjoy using this site to learn more about opera. Whether your children have already experienced Opera Land in school or whether this is the first time you have visited the site we hope you will enjoy discovering more about Glyndebourne and the world of opera.

What is Opera Land?

Opera Land is a website primarily designed for children aged between 8 and 11 (Primary School Key Stage 2).

Content is suitable for younger children however they may need some guidance at times.

We have tried to keep the amount of text on the website to a minimum, with all the instructions and guides given in audio. However it may be useful for you to be able to refer to a text based version of the game instructions.

Development Aims

Currently Opera Land focuses on La Cenerentola, Hänsel und Gretel and La bohème. By exploring, you will find out more about the story, characters and themes of the opera, as well as being able to watch clips from the Glyndebourne productions.

Opera Land aims to not only introduce opera as an art form, but to explore the concepts of singing, music theory, and theatre more generally. Specifically:

• Different voice types in singing
• Hearing and pitching notes to form a melodic line
• Styles and techniques of composition
• Music history
• Characterisation in opera
• Staging an opera
• Leitmotif and musical themes
• Different musical elements of an opera including Recitative and Arias

There are also interactive games on the site that will help you put into practise what you have learnt.

What comes after Opera Land?

Having learned about the operas you may want to see them. There are several ways in which you can engage with opera at Glyndebourne:

• The DVD of many Glyndebourne operas including Hansel und Gretel and La Cenerentola can be purchased from the Glyndebourne shop
• Family Tickets: On selected performances, children’s tickets are available for £30 each (when buying one or more full price ticket). For more information on these visit the Glyndebourne website or call the Box Office on 01273 815000
• Family Events: During the Festival and Tour, Glyndebourne Education host family events in which families can learn more about our operas. To find out more about these visit the Glyndebourne website.

Other ways for young people to get involved with opera:

• Every year Glyndebourne stages Performances for Schools. To find out more about these opportunities, ask your child’s school to make contact with the Education Department on 01273 815023.
• Glyndebourne also has a youth opera group for young people in the local area. Due to the nature of the group, this is for local participants only. More information is available on the Glyndebourne website.