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Youth Opera of El Paso's
Choir & Vocal Ensemble
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-The Godspell Cast
A musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, and structured as a series of parables set to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ appearing briefly near the end of the show. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell the story of His life and message of kindness, tolerance and love!
Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
Godspell cast in the studio preparing for the show!
For winning First place in the Music International grand Prix competition
Emma singing "Los Laureles"
Emma singing "Volver Volver"
YOEP Kids in the Spotlight...
Youth Opera kids performed in the
Music International Grand Prix Competition in January.
The results were fantastic! We're so proud of them!
1st Place in Kids Pop,
2nd & 3rd Place in Teen pop,
2nd Place in Teen Classical,
and Youth Opera of El Paso won Best School!!
We also had our amazing Sophie Spier performing an online duet of Stevie Nicks "Landslide" with Broadway Performer Theresa Hui!
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Brundibár is an opera written for children. No more than forty minutes long,
it was composed in 1938 by Hans Krása, with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister, as
an entry for a children’s opera competition. It received its premiere in
German-occupied Prague and was performed by children at the Jewish
Orphanage in Belgicka Street. Brundibár had one additional performance in the Hagibor building before the mass transports
of Bohemian and Moravian Jews to Terezín began in 1942. In July 1943, the score of Brundibár was smuggled into camp,
where it was re-orchestrated by Krása for the various instrumentalists who were available to play at that time. The premiere of the Terezín version took place on 23 September 1943 in the hall of the Magdeburg barracks.
Realising the propagandistic potential of this enormously popular artistic endeavour, the Nazis arranged a special new staging of Brundibár for the propaganda film Theresienstadt - eine Dokumentarfilm aus den jüdische Siedlungsgebiet (directed by Kurt Gerron), and the same production was performed for the inspection of Terezín by the International Red Cross in September 1944. This would be the last of the fifty-five performances in the Terezín ghetto; two weeks later, transportation of artists to Auschwitz and other destinations East began, silencing the most popular theatrical production in Terezín.
SEARCHING THE PAINTED SKY
An original children’s opera by Martha Hill Duncan & Janet Windeler Ryan
Searching the Painted Sky is the story of two sisters, Leda, an older teenager, and Lulu, a young girl, who have lost their mother to illness and are now living in poverty with their father. Although their laid back dad loves his kids, he is not always the greatest at providing them necessities. After a run-in with an exotic fortune teller, Leda’s life takes a turn into fantasy, complete with strange, funny and fantastical characters.
Searching the Painted Sky was written for and premiered by The Youth Opera of El Paso at the 2014 National Opera Association Convention in New York City.
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