Looking to learn more about opera? Perhaps these cards will help!
There's a mess of 'em, too, and they cover all the big names and pivotal operas from 1600 to present day. 24 composer cards and 40 opera cards, all with information on the back, can be yours for the one-time low, introductory price of. . .
That's right, they're free, and I hope they'll bring a blessing to your family.
Verdi is our composer for this month, so we'll be playing little games with these cards. First, I'll show Mary all the opera cards with the ones that Verdi composed (all the big ones are included). We'll read the back of each card and talk about them. Then I'll put a couple Verdi cards out, plus one opera that isn't a Verdi, and then I'll ask her to pick out the one that doesn't belong. Easy cheesy!
As we learn about different opera composers, I'll also have Mary match up the composer card to the opera card. Pretty cool! There are lots of other possibilities, too, such as sorting the composers by musical period, country of origin, etc. It's up to you!
The composer cards are numbered in chronological order from the birthday of each composer. Their nationality, musical period (Baroque, Classical, etc.), dates, famous operas, and a little note are all included on the back of each card.
Each opera card has the composer, premiere date, language, popular aria (solo song) or music from that opera, and a one-liner to help you remember that specific opera or composer.
Here's another look at a couple of the cards:
Click here to get two extra Wagner cards.
And click here to see more of how we're using these cards at home.