Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Opera Experience Valuable for Kids.(West Side Journal)(Editorial)


How many elementary students get the chance to visit the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera? How many adults for that matter?

Some Bernalillo elementary school students not only got to go but also wrote and performed their own opera.

About 50 students from several Bernalillo public schools combined talents to act and sing "River Where We Dream" on June 29. The dialogue was largely written by 11-year-old Emilio Diaz. The music was composed by teacher John Bradley, who is also an artist in residence with the opera.

"River Where We Dream" tells the story of children who live in a village by a river when a strong wind takes their river away. …

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