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January 25, 2011 > "Domo Arigato" for Opera

"Domo Arigato" for Opera

Submitted By Monica Kim

On February 4, the students of the Montessori School of Fremont will take to the stage at Ohlone College's Smith Center to perform an opera based on the story "The Burning Rice Fields."

This touching tale is about an elderly woman who feels her life no longer has purpose so she leaves her village and climbs atop a mountain to await death. While there, she sees an approaching tidal wave. With time of the essence, she burns the village rice crop, knowing it's the only way to draw the people to the safe, high ground of the mountains.

The opera has been beautifully and imaginatively adapted by the acclaimed duo Sanford and Judy Jones, founders of Youth Opera International. For the past 25 years they have created and directed 13 operas for children, including "The Mermaid and the Prince" and "Persephone."

Replete with fantastic costumes and engaging melodies, the entire elementary body of Montessori School of Fremont - ages 6 to 12 - will perform the latest creation by the Joneses. In addition, to make it a real family affair, many of their talented parents have helped make costumes, sets, and props for the show.

Returning this year as the lead soprano - the elderly woman - is Jane Chen, creator of "The Chinese Clown Cabaret" and formerly with Opera Piccola/Stagebridge.

Enjoy this classic Japanese folk tale told by - "sung" by - American children.


"Domo Arigato" for Opera
Friday, February 4
7 p.m.
Jackson Theatre
Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 490-0919
www.montessori-fremont.com/opera.html

Tickets: Adults $12, Kids $10

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