With an Opera Philadelphia Residency, students can explore the magic of opera and create in a virtual space.
Spanning over the course of 10 weeks, the Residency Program energizes students around the performing arts – specifically opera – and embraces a digital learning environment. Students have the opportunity to learn from Opera Philadelphia’s engaging Teaching Artists through small group, virtual lessons as they develop important skills of ownership, empathy, and confidence. This cross-curricular offering draws connections to history, literature, and more. Students are ultimately empowered to create, design, and perform an original opera of their own.
With a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL), the program allows students to grow in an inclusive environment. In addition to English Language Arts skills, students develop their abilities to understand emotions, show empathy, and maintain positive relationships as they work through an opera with their classmates.
Beyond developing a greater appreciation for the arts, participating teachers have found that the program helps to foster creativity, increase literacy, and enhance critical thinking. Students of the program continue to speak of their experiences today!
“I have seen so much growth in my students as a result of this experience. I continue to reference this program in the work we do in the classroom today. I would highly recommend this program to all schools.”
- Celina Velez, Pan American Charter School
Elise Mark, described as a "lively presence” with a "clear, expressive lyric soprano voice," was recently engaged in New York as Annina in Amore Opera’s La Traviata, and Kitty Bell in Utopia Opera’s production of Martha. Past seasons include roles such as Adelaide (The Enchanted Pig) with Steamboat Opera, Notary’s Wife (Intermezzo) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Adele (Die Fledermaus) with PA Lyric Opera, and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera Libera. Ms. Mark has had the privilege of working as a Young Artist with CoOPERAtive at Westminster Choir College, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Steamboat Opera. Ms. Mark is also an active music teacher, maintaining a private studio, directing community musicals and concerts, and holding various classes and workshops throughout the year. Ms. Mark is passionate about creating community through music, and helping others find inspiration through art as both audience members and performers.
Anaïs Naharro-Murphy is a singer, opera maker, and teacher currently based in Philadelphia. A dedicated teaching artist, she is on staff here at Opera Philadelphia and Bright Lights Music Academy. As an opera maker, Anaïs is the artistic director of ENAensemble (@ena_ensemble), a group of artists dedicated to creating and performing new works in a variety of vocal genres, including opera! Onstage, Anaïs was most recently seen in Bowerbird's Schubertiade in collaboration with pianist David Hughes, premiering new works by Carlos José Martínez Fernández at Wabash College, the Mexican Embassy of D.C, and the Spanish Embassy of D.C with Spain Arts+ Culture partnered with the University of Maryland, and with Opera Delaware as the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury. As an avid proponent of music in contemporary culture, Anaïs focuses on premiering new works, making music inventive, interactive, and interesting, reviving unknown works, or performing works that have been "re-discovered". Anaïs' dedication for teaching stems from her performing passions and from the belief that everyone has a "voice"- and with creativity and lots of fun- we can help each other find our voices and say something even better, together.
Garrett Obrycki has found success as a leading man across the United States, having performed the title roles in Thomas’s Hamlet, Bonnie Montgomery’s Billy Blythe and Mozart's Don Giovanni all with Opera Ithaca, and as Atticus Finch’s Trainer in David T. Little and Royce Varek’s Vinkensport with Opera Saratoga. He has also performed roles with Opera Delaware, Sarasota Opera, and Baltimore Concert Opera and as a concert soloist, has performed Carmina Burana with Skidmore College Orchestra and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Beethoven No. 9 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. A frequent performer of new works, Garrett has collaborated with many opera companies on workshops and world premieres, including David T Little's JFK and Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves with Opera Philadelphia, and Evan Mack’s Roscoe with Seagle Music Colony. As a recitalist, he has performed civically-minded programs with Opera Saratoga, Central City Opera, Lynx Project, Patchwork Project and Art of the Heel. Garrett has been given praise for his work in The Wall Street Journal, The Times Union and Opera News. In addition to his work as a Teaching Artist with Opera Philadelphia for the last 6 years, Garrett has been an adjunct faculty member at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, has been an instructor for ArtSmart, an organization providing free voice lessons to Philadelphia High School Students and has been a Teaching Artist with the Kimmel Center. In 2020, Garrett took on the role of Residency Manager at Opera Philadelphia. Garrett is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and is a current Masters of Education student in the Arts in Education program at The Harvard Graduate School of Education. garrettobrycki.com
D’quan Tyson is a freelance performing and teaching artist hailing from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 2016, he graduated with his Bachelors of Music; Vocal Performance degree from Ithaca College and has actively been pursuing outlets to express his passion for music both within the opera and commercial realm. Through Opera Philadelphia’s Sounds of Learning program, D’quan has had the opportunity to go into a myriad of classrooms to engage students in the multi-dimensional art form that is opera! While his background is not necessarily in education, he has found it immensely rewarding getting to work with students and seeing their growth and retention from class to class. He is in his second year as a teaching artist and hopes to actively start auditioning and performing with local professional choirs in the near future. He strives to continuously incorporate Andrea Bocelli’s idea that “All this is well worth it because opera offers such deep sensations that they will remain in a heart for a lifetime.”