I have never been to an opera. I have only seen bits and parts of it on TV, but I have never sat through an entire show. There isn’t an opera house where I live, which doesn’t help me with my minimum exposure to opera.
That’s why I was excited to learn about Dada Company’s app, Let’s Go to the Opera. It’s a great app that will show everyone — kids and adults — how everything inside an opera house works.
Take a Tour Around the Opera House
The app is designed to simulate a tour at an opera house. A female guide named Carmen will tell you and the other tour participants about the history behind the opera, the different roles and responsibilities involved in the making of an opera, and the different types of opera.
You will learn about opera terms, such as duo, concertates, and chorus. Opera singers may have different voice types, which you will learn in the app. A clip will be played so you can tell the difference between soprano and mezzosoprano, as well as baritone and bass.
As you go along, you’ll learn about the different roles that would appear on stage, such as the chorus, the ballet dancers, and the supernumerary actors. You would also go on a tour into the orchestra pit where the conductor himself would explain the different segments of his team — wind, string, and percussion — and how they are responsible for creating the music that expresses the feelings shown in the acts.
Additionally, you will learn about the professionals involved behind the scenes, from stage director and electrician to make up artist and costume designer. Each of these individuals will explain what they do for the opera: everything from the preparation, the premiere, and why their roles are crucial to the opera’s success.
Finally, at the end of the journey, you can watch a video clip of a real opera being performed on stage. The app includes a clip from Die Walküre, an opera by Richard Wagner.
Parents Need to Know
Let’s Go to the Opera is available in two languages: English and Spanish. You can set the language from the main menu. Once you’ve changed the language, everything from the text to the narration will also be changed accordingly.
Even though the story would appeal to age 5, I’d recommend it for a slightly older age range, i.e. age 7+, because the narration requires kids to have good listening skills. Contextual information will be shown to further explain what the narrator is saying.
Let’s Go to the Opera works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.
Things I Like
There aren’t many apps that simulate a tour group to explain things, but Let’s Go to the Opera uses this approach very well. It even shows the tour participants asking questions about what they’ve just learned. The guide will answer the question accordingly, revealing yet more information about the topic.
Let’s Go to the Opera has plenty of things to like. One of them is when the guide explains the different voices featured in the opera: soprano, mezzosoprano, bariton, bass. Even though I had to use other examples — such as songs performed by The Pentatonix — the app has helped me explain to my kids about different voice types.
Opera is an art form that may not be accessible to many kids around the world. Let’s Go to the Opera is a great way to take your kids to see and learn from a virtual opera. It lets you to learn about the theater architecture and the different roles that make an opera possible. It’s a great app — both for family and classroom settings.
App was provided for our honest review.