Valie Genuardi Hobbit House and Opera North, inc. Premieres “Mini Opera”

November 22, 2019

Award-winning composer Leslie Savoy Burrs of Opera North, Inc. (ONI) worked with the students and faculty of Gwynedd Mercy University’s Valie Genuardi Hobbit House to create a new mini-opera titled A Hobbit House Adventure.

The “Hobbits” were excited to perform their mini-opera. For weeks, the children worked alongside award-winning opera performing artists from Opera North, Inc. as well as the University’s renowned choir, The Voices of Gwynedd. They then had the opportunity to show off their hard work in front of family and loved ones at their mini-opera premiere on Thursday. It was a fun time for all in attendance!

A Hobbit House Adventure is based on the Hobbit House students’ workshop input and the curriculum themes provided by the Hobbit House school faculty. The students explored and further developed their creative capabilities, communication skills and team problem solving through music. The integration of curriculum content and reading materials as part of the development for creating the mini-opera enhanced and reinforced the educational goals being set for the students at Hobbit House.  

The Mini Operas by Majestic Kids is an extension of ONI’s Opera in the Schools and Opera Goes to the Library programs. The creative process for this project culminated in a special Hobbit House student family presentation premiering the mini-opera production of A Hobbit House Adventure.