Create and Sing Carmen Immersive

For the next 10 lessons, your students will be honorary members of the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company and will create and sing their own version of the opera Carmen.

At the end of this programme, your students will perform their own version of Carmen which will include specially arranged extracts from the opera, and will have learned the basics of dramatic singing technique. Join Ed Petrie as he explores the Royal Opera House, meets a host of singers, actors and directors and introduces the world of opera.

  • Immersive - Lesson 1: Setting The Scene

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Music
    • Clear empty space

    In this introductory lesson, students will experience some of the challenges opera singers face and, through this, learn more about what opera is. We will also learn ‘Toreador’ from Carmen.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 1
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Spellcasting
      5mins
    • Yes And No Game
      5mins
    • Teaching Songs
      20mins
    • Twinkle Twinkle Instant Opera
      5mins
    • Song: Toreador
      10mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 2: Carmen, The Whole Story

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Music
    • Clear empty space

    In this lesson we will meet the three main characters who feature in this version of Carmen, and learn the plot of the opera. There should also be time to recap 'Toreador' from week one.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 2
      5mins
    • Carmen – Meet the Characters, Learn the Themes
      10mins
    • Learning the Story of Carmen
      20mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Mama, Would You Buy Me A Banana?
      10mins
    • Revising A Song
      10mins
    • Song: Toreador
      10mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 3: The Children's Chorus

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Music
    • Clear empty space
    • Means of capture

    This lesson focuses on exploring the first of the six plot points, the 'Children's Chorus', and how this song relates to the wider scene.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 3
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Copycat
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Mama, Would You Buy Me A Banana?
      10mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 1 – The Market Square
      5mins
    • Song: The Children’s Chorus
      20mins
    • Market Square Devising Game
      10mins
    • Invisible Set Game
      10mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 4: Carmen's Big Aria

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Music
    • Clear empty space

    This lesson focuses on exploring the second of the six plot points, and also on the ‘Habanera’, which is one of Carmen’s big songs.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 4
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Spellcasting
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Copycat
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Habanera
      10mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 2 – The Free Bird Has Been Caged
      5mins
    • Song: Habanera
      20mins
    • Revising A Song
      10mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 5: Performance Choices

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Clear empty space
    • Means of capture
    • Music

    In the world of opera, the work really starts once the notes have all been learned. In lesson five we have leaned most of the notes, so now we can think even more about how we use the music to tell the story.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 5
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Ah Poor Bird
      5mins
    • Warm Up: Hip Hop
      10mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 3 – The Greatest There Has Ever Been
      5mins
    • Song: Toreador
      10mins
    • Stage Your Version Of ‘Toreador’
      25mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 6: The Rehearsal Process

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Clear empty space
    • PE kit and bare feet

    By now you have learned a lot of material, so this lesson is a chance to make sure everyone is clear on the plot so far, and to rehearse some of the things you have already learned. Focus on recapping/rehearsing material from earlier in the process. If you have more time, go back and do one of the extension exercises provided from the earlier lessons to develop one of those sections further. There is also an extension exercise based around fate, which explores this part of the plot in more detail.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 6
      5mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 4 – It Is Written In The Stars
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Habanera
      10mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Spellcasting
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Copycat
      5mins
    • Revising A Song
      10mins
    • Writing Exercise – New Words To An Old Song
      10mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 7: Same Song, Different Story

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Clear empty space
    • Music

    This lesson we’ll explore how the same music can be used to tell a different story. When we last sang ‘Toreador’, it was to represent the crowds’ celebration of meeting the great celebrity bullfighter, Escamillo. This time, although the tune and words remain exactly the same, the choices made with the tempo (speed) and accompaniment reveal how Don Jose feels about Escamillo, rather than how the crowds regard him.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 7
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Throwing A Puppy Off A Cliff
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Ah Poor Bird
      5mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 5 – Jealousy
      5mins
    • Revising A Song
      10mins
    • Song: Toreador
      10mins
    • Stage Your Version Of ‘Toreador’
      25mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 8: Two Stories At Once

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Music
    • Means of capture
    • Clear empty space

    This is the final piece of the jigsaw in terms of plot, and alongside learning how the story ends, we will explore the concept of music and drama disconnecting. For example, when the music we hear has nothing to do with what we are seeing, but adds a new dimension. In opera this often means that the drama tells us one story, and the music tells us another, giving us a deeper understanding of the action.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 8
      5mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 6 – The Free Bird Falls To Earth
      5mins
    • Same Acting, Different Music Game
      10mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Copycat
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Throwing A Puppy Off A Cliff
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Mama, Would You Buy Me A Banana?
      10mins
    • Song: Toreador
      10mins
    • Soundscape Creation Exercise
      15mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 9: Putting It All Together

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Lesson Film
    • Music
    • Record of last performance
    • Costumes

    The moment has come to put your piece together. There is no new material to learn this lesson, but there are lots of decisions to make.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 9
      5mins
    • Soundscape Creation Exercise
      15mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Throwing A Puppy Off A Cliff
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Habanera
      10mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Ah Poor Bird
      5mins
  • Immersive - Lesson 10: The Final Rehearsal And Curtain Up

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Clear empty space
    • Costumes
    • Lesson Film
    • Means of capture
    • Music

    Congratulations! You have become an opera company and created your own version of Carmen. You are now in the final stages of the rehearsal process, and this is a good opportunity to ensure everything is ready for your dress rehearsal and performance. Concentrate on the small but important details that will really make the performance the best it can be.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 10
      5mins
    • Eyes Up, Eyes Down
      5mins