Opera Fuoco’s outreach program has had a significant impact on the communities it and around Paris. From 2006- 2015, during Opera Fuoco residency at the Theatre de St Quentin near Paris, hundreds of school children from low-income areas were exposed to opera, learned librettos and arias in Italian French, German and English, and often performed on stage with members of the ensemble. From Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas to Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, primary-, middle- and high-school-aged children and their teachers were instructed in opera under David Stern’s leadership, working with prifessional singers, conductors, choreographers and stage diectors. In 2014, Opera Fuoco commissioned a new opera, Cosi Fanciulli, with music by Nicolas Bacri and a libretto by Eric Emmanuel Schmitt. It was premiered by Opera Fuoco’s studio singers, orchestra and a children’s chorus composed of 50
public school children in a full staging by Jean-Yves Ruf.
During the 2016/17 season, Opera Fuoco focused its outreach on a program at the Paris Philharmonie, working with several public schools in preparation for a participative performance at the prestigious hall of two cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The 2017/18 season will involve another project at the Paris Philharmonie, exploring the relationship of Bach’s music to movement and working with children on rhythm through dance and scat.
Opera Fuoco will also begin a collaborationk with the professional high school/lycee Elsa Lemmonier, to introduce opera into the educational curriculum of the students studying costume design, make-up, hair and set design.