The Playground Operas are a production of Opera on Tap.
The program, accessible through our web portal, consists of Live teaching artists (2) zoomed into their space(s) OR pre-recorded lessons by Opera on Tap’s teaching artists, pre-teaching materials, 8 sessions, and a final video including every student singing and dancing, that will be live-streamed for their community. With a strong STEAM integration, Virtual Playground Opera builds lasting relationships with educators and students and presents creativity as a life skill essential for success. Our curriculum immerses students in every aspect of the creation, production and performance of an opera. Virtual Playground Opera is an active learning video production education program in an innovative, interactive web series hosted on a comprehensive learning portal.
Our Teaching Artists
Victoria Davis, Soprano, is a recent graduate of Mannes College of Music. She has been a featured soloist in many concerts and events including the Welcoming of the First lady of Russia with Michelle and Barack Obama and the Kennedy Center’s Young Artist in America presentation. She had also participated in the Washington National Opera’s Juneteenth celebration as a soloist. Recently, Ms. Davis has been seen in the role of First Lady with Opera On Tap’s Playground Opera Program. She was also awarded fifth place in Opera Ebony’s Benjamin Matthew Competition and a two prize winner for the Premiere Opera Foundation competition. Aside from her work as an artist, Victoria has also worked in the capacity of a teacher. Starting in the Lorain County community while at Oberlin, she was honored to teach students of all ages, from 7-54 years of age voice. Once she graduated, she took her skill to the Washington, DC area as a private teacher, and finally the NYC area as a Teaching Artist. sopranovictoriadavis.com
Samantha Nahra, is an opera singer, originally from Iowa. She holds degrees in voice and opera theater from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of South Carolina and Mannes, The New School. Samantha started her teaching career at the age of 14 by teaching baton twirling. When she went to college, she pivoted to teaching voice and beginner piano, and has now been teaching music for 12 years. She runs a private voice studio and has worked for various music schools, where her duties not only included private lessons, but also teaching preschool and elementary music classes.
In this program, students will learn about the fundamentals of opera and take a deep dive into what a production entails. Students will be able to sing, act, and dance in their very own video production of an opera (Spring 2021 – Rossini’s Cenerentola). Using best practices in classroom pedagogy and music and film technology, each group of students will understand the exhilarating beauty of opera, and be able to connect it to their own lives and communities.
The Magic Flute, 2019 (teaching artist) Ms. Davis is a proud alumni of Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Soprano Marlene Rosen. Ms. Davis has been a recipient of many awards including the first prize winner of Harlem Opera Voice competition as well as the first place winner of the Five towns Classical voice competition. Recently, Ms. Davis was seen as the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Upcoming project will include the role of the First Lady in Opera Taps production of Die Zauberflöte and the title role Suor Angelica in Opera Susquehanna’s production of Suor Angelica. In addition to her vocal talents, Ms. Davis enjoys trying new recipes and writing poetry. Ms. Davis currently studies under former Metropolitan Opera Tenor Dan Marek.
Opera on Tap has been working with and performing for children since 2007 through its strong partnerships with such venerable institutions and organizations as the JCC/Manhattan, The Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.