Firty students, along with eight chaperones, attended the dress rehearsal for Utah Opera’s production of “Little Women” . Many students wrote very nice letters of thanks to the Ogden Opera Guild for providing this experience for them. Because space is limited, I’ll use a few excerpts from these letters – I think you will enjoy them.
To begin, however, I’d like to share the letter received from Melanie Astorga, the choir and string teacher at Ogden Prep. She writes (in part)….”We participated in your outreach program and attended the dress rehearsal of the opera “Little Women”. it was such a pleasure for me to share this opportunity with my students! Most of them had never been to the Capitol Theater before and many had never seen a live performance. Certainly none had experienced a live opera! I truly enjoyed the performance and loved observing my students enthusiasm in being there. Thank you once again! Warmest regards,” Melanie Astorga.
Now let’s hear from the students( using their words and spelling) :
“I really enjoyed the whole thing and I hope we can have the opportunity again real soon. Thank you from Ashley T. ” (huge letters at bottom of the p age..IT WAS AWESOME !!) From Vanesssa: “My overall favorite thing about the production was watching the conductor in the crowd. It was like watching a groom whatching his bride come down the isle. He was certainely into it & it was mezmerising to watch him. Thank you so much once again! Extremely grateful.”
“I liked hearing the live orchestra. I learned that self-discovery is sometimes a hard trail to go down. Once again I want to thank you for the tickets.” Christina
“…..what I really enjoyed was the music. When I heard it, I could just feel happiness. Thanks again.” Jasmine
“Thank you so much! I loved the opera. It was so amazing! I really liked the voices. The scenery and background was put together beautifully. The house and roof with all the shadows on top was amazing, so again I say thank you. I wouild love to learn how to sing that way…… with love”, Amanda
“…..thank you for giving us the tickets and providing the nice seats, it means so much.” (couldn’t make out the first name)
“….I learned that opera isn’t just singing but also a play that tells a story. I enjoyed the show and I’m glad that it had some comedy in it. Sincerely,” Yerenia
”….thank you for letting us go especially because the tickets were expensive. I learned about the story of little women and I liked it a lot. Thank you sooo much! Sincerely,” Nicole
There were more letters but this gives you an idea of how the students felt about the experience. The Principal of the Academy called me to express her appreciation also and told me how excited the students were the next day about their evening at the opera.
It is truly a privilege to be part of helping to bring to the upcoming generation the great beauty that is opera and to receive their genuine expressions of thanks for the experience.
Suzy Patterson, Education Chair