• Learn More About Opera
Grade 2, Log On
Grade 2, Unit 6, Lesson 3
An opera is a story acted out through music.
The orchestra plays music to describe the setting.
The characters sing their words.
Sometimes there is dialogue.
A duet is two singers.
A trio is three singers.
A quartet is four singers.
Sometimes all the characters in the chorus sing.
Sometimes one singer has a solo, called an aria.
Women's voices are usually soprano (higher) or alto (lower).
Men's voices are usually tenor (higher) or bass (lower).
You can tell a story as an opera.
Choose a favorite story that has interesting characters and lots of spoken parts. First read it as Reader's Theater with a narrator and characters. Then, read it again, singing instead of speaking. This may seem awkward at first, but it gets really easy, and then it is fun!