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UNCG Opera helps bring 5th grader’s story to life

030613Feature_GigleyOperaThe first opera Annabel Gigley saw was her own.

Annabel, a fifth-grader at Erwin Montessori, won Greensboro Opera’s 2012 “Write Your Own Opera!” competition, judged by UNCG Opera Theatre Director David Holley. Last month, she had a front-row seat as her short opera, “Jacks are Wild!” came to life on the stage at the Carolina Theatre. The contest is in its third year. Fourth-graders in the public schools enter each year.

Winning operas are performed along with Greensboro Opera’s full-length show for children, with which UNCG Opera collaborates.

Holley chose Annabel’s short story, “Battle of the Princesses,” and set about turning it into a 10-minute libretto. Mark Engebretson (Music) scored the piece.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph by Chris English