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Sixth grade keeps opera tradition going in 2013

Sixth grade keeps opera tradition going in 2013

By Mr. Louie Lebherz, Music Teacher at Nativity Prep

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Nativity sixth graders (from left) Viviana A. and Gabriela L. pose in the lobby of the Civic Theatre at intermission for “The Daughter of the Regiment.”

On January 24th, our sixth graders arrived at the San Diego Civic Theater with our music and performing-arts teachers, Mr. Louie Lebherz and Mrs. Gayla Lebherz, and three of our teachers. As they took their seats in the front row of the mezzanine section, they waited patiently for the lights to dim and the maestro to give the downbeat for the dress rehearsal of San Diego Opera’s first production of their 2013 Season, Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera, “La Fille Du Regiment” (The Daughter of the Regiment). What a treat it was to see all 22 students beautifully dressed and so well behaved, representing Nativity Prep Academy.

We had spent the two previous classes preparing the students for their night at the opera.  But since the story was very simple, we decided to teach the students about “who works at the opera house.” The students learned that producing this particular opera required more than 200 people—from ushers and orchestra musicians, to seamstresses and wig makers, all working together to create this fascinating piece of musical theater.

Later this season the seventh graders will attend the dress rehearsal of Ildebrano Pizzetti’s opera rarity, “Murder in the Cathedral,” and our eighth graders will see Giuseppi Verdi’s masterpiece, “Aida.”