Make opera come alive in your classroom!
The Minnesota Opera's Teaching Artist brings a personal touch to opera through hands-on activities, performance and more. Session topics range from solo/ensemble coaching, voice lessons, career guidance, and preparing your students to attend a live performance. This award winning, tailor-made residency program is a collaborative effort between your school and the Minnesota Opera.
Explore the interdisciplinary nature of opera! Opera through the Eyes and Ears of Mozart
A collaborative touring opera where students (K-12) have the opportunity to learn about and perform some of Mozart's greatest music alongside professional opera singers! Artists will come into your opera house for a 40-minute, staged performance. Student performers are encouraged to participate. This program is ideal for students of all ages to gain their first experience with opera!
Performance requirements – stage or gym floor, a piano and student(s) ready to perform in the opera.
How do I sign up?
Contact Teaching Artist Bergen Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.342.9554. Call soon as school dates are limited.
Length and cost of residencies:
We suggest residencies to last at least five days in length.
Teaching Artist per visit: $125/day
Tour presentation: $650/performance
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|Bergen Baker currently serves as Teaching Artist for Minnesota Opera. In addition to performing as a concert soloist across the upper Midwest, Ms. Baker has performed professionally in operatic venues both local and abroad. Most notably, she has performed the roles of Nanette in Mlle. Modiste with Skylark Opera, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Minnesota Orchestra and as Tisbe in La Cenerentola with La Musica Lirica in San Marino, Italy. Her concert and oratorio experience includes performances of Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Igor Stravinsky's Les Noces.
Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from DePaul University and the University of Minnesota, respectively. At the University of Minnesota, she appeared in the role of Sharon Falconer in the Midwest premier of the Grammy Award-winning American opera Elmer Gantry by Robert Aldridge. Most recently, she was asked to return as a guest artist to create the title role in the world premier workshop of Aldridge's latest opera, Sister Carrie, based on the novel by Theodore Dreiser. As a Teaching Artist, Ms. Baker continues to offer private voice lessons as well as workshops and master classes to students in the Twin Cities and the upper Midwest.