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Delaware Valley Opera and
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts


July 9–14, 2012

The Delaware Valley Opera and Bethel Woods Center for the Arts present the Youth Opera Experience, a week-long program for participants aged 8 to 15, that celebrates opera in a fun, engaging environment. Throughout the week, participants will experience the thrill of live performance, and will gain understanding in all facets of production, both onstage and behind-the-scenes. Participants will study singing, stage movement, dance, costuming, set design, prop design, and publicity, and will participate in theater games and improvisation exercises. The Youth Opera Experience will culminate with a Saturday morning performance of an original opera pastiche, Cinderella at the Masked Ball: A Modern Twist on a Classic Fairy Tale, with the program participants taking on roles both onstage and backstage. The performance will be open to family and friends of the opera program as well as to the general public.

Youth Opera Experience represents a partnership between Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Delaware Valley Opera. The goal of the program is to inspire a deeper appreciation and understanding of opera and the performing arts and to provide young people with a sense of empowerment through the arts. The program is designed for youth with a range of backgrounds in the performing arts, from those who have no experience to those with a strong background.

Youth Opera Experience is $250 per participant. Price includes two (2) complimentary tickets to the final performance of Cinderella at the Masked Ball, as well as all basic art materials for the week-long program. Lunch is not provided. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please call (845) 295-2521 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on scholarships.

Youth Opera Experience

July 9–14, 2012, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

$250 for the week, some scholarships available. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

To apply, please download the Youth Opera Experience registration form (right-click the link to download, option-click for Mac). Mail your completed form along with the $250 registration fee to Youth Opera Experience, c/o Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 222, Liberty, NY 12754.

Cinderella at the Masked Ball performance:

Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.