The children from disadvantaged areas of Buenos Aires that participated in the chorus of Bizet’s Carmen had the opportunity to:
- receive quality training in opera and acting;
- become acquainted with an elite art form;
- take the stage in front of a large audience along with professional artists;
- reinforce their self-esteem, self-discipline and capacity to work in a group; and
- lay the foundation for a career in opera.
29 children and youth (6-17 years old) that belong to socially disadvantaged groups from Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.
For three months, twice a week, Juventus Lyrica trained socially disadvantaged children and youth between the ages of 6 and 17 with the aim of integrating them into 4 plays of the Carmen, giving them a unique opportunity for social inclusion and cultural enrichment. The preparation of the children of the chorus was undertaken by two professional opera singers who introduced them to singing, acting and vocal techniques in groups, individually or with piano accompaniment. In the days preceding the performance, Juventus Lyrica organized free conferences at the National Fine Arts Museum held by the directors and the actors directly involved in the realization of the opera. On this occasion, the public received information about the activities, the actors, the opera, its origins and the composer’s history. Finally, on November 5, 2015 rehearsals of Carmen were held, and the show was staged on November 6, 8, 12 and 14 at the Teatro Avenida in Buenos Aires. This experience enabled the children in the chorus to become acquainted with a new reality and an artistic space they would not otherwise have been able to know, as well as the value of working in a group.
Juventus Lyrica is a non-profit opera company founded in Buenos Aires in 1999 to assist talented young opera singers in their professional development, to “democratize” the genre making it more accessible and to offer the city and the country a centre for training, developing and enjoying the opera.