Opera Rocks! – A new e-newsletter for high school students

Joyce DiDonato launches OPERA ROCKS, an online space for high school students curious about opera – DiDonato becomes the first singer to fund and run such an initiative

Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato has long been a pioneer in performing artists’ use of social media to connect with her fans and to establish real dialogue with them. DiDonato has also been a fierce and untiring campaigner for arts education and has had led many masterclasses, visits to schools and outreach projects with students of all ages.

Today, DiDonato brings together many of her passions to create Opera Rocks – a place online for mostly high school students to connect with each other about their shared passion for opera. Often feeling isolated at school by their love for this most extraordinary of art forms, Opera Rocks will allow them to share their operatic loves and experiences with other students as well as with DiDonato.
DiDonato has funded Opera Rocks herself and will run it for the students and will be a constant presence as she posts videos, photos and messages to its subscribers.

“I’ve noticed a fabulous trend from social media about young opera lovers: often times in high school, they will feel as if they are the only person on the planet who likes opera because they may be the only one at their school who (secretly!) has a passion for it. Through social media, however, they can connect across cities, states, even countries. Many times a group of 15-20 of them have saved up and made the trip to their “first live opera”, and they meet at the stage door to complete their experience full-circle. It’s been one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen in this business. I am simply giving back to them, letting them know they are not alone, and providing a platform for them to connect and share this wonderful, eye-opening world of opera.” -Joyce

Opera Rocks is a free resource. See the first edition here and join the mailing list.

Check out the introductory video:

17 hours ago

It was special for us, as well!! https://t.co/CRE1u1r0ix

14 Jul

Can we have a shout-out for brilliance, please? #shoutoutforbrilliance https://t.co/k85WeodIlx

12 Jul

Thank you!!! https://t.co/ROYLl0BESD

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Sunday Paella a la brasa! #howtosummer #howtopaella #howtoseafood #howtospain #famiglia #summerlovin #hadmeablast #howtosiesta

So looking forward to this tonight!!

#Howtomarket #howtosummer #freshfreshfresh #natureinallherglory #backtobasics #summerlovin

📺 Watch "In War & Peace - Harmony though Music” on @arteconcert at 5:30pm London time / 6:30pm CET today. 👉 🔗link in bio. @ilpdo @warner_classics @liceu_opera_barcelona 🕊🎶 #TalkPeace #DoPeace 📷: @brookeshaden

🌈 50 years ago. So much progress. So far to go. While I wish I could be there in person to help ring in this momentous occasion, through music, memories, commitment, and connection we can all actually be united across the miles for this day! Hope everyone on the @metopera float sings out loud and clear for me, reminding us all that it’s not about tolerance, or acceptance - it’s about LOVE and EQUALITY FOR ALL! Pride on, People - PRIDE ON! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 watch the entire clip: 🔗link in bio.

#SummerLovin #GekkoGusto #TwilightLovin

#SummerLovin #LovinLavender #LavenderLovin

I arrive (nearly) to the end of this very full season, and it’s good moment to remind each of you reading this that YOU are the reason I travel the world, away from home for months at a time, working towards an unattainable perfection, exposed in ways very few people can imagine, singing the stories of characters searching for enlightenment/redemption/hope/relief/joy, and why I dedicate a large part of my life to this century’s old art form. I do it to entertain you at a minimum, but mostly to offer you comfort, to help us all join in a communal “event” that connects us across time and space despite our perceived differences, and I do it because I truly believe it makes the world a better place. I know you feel this most of the time as well. It’s likely what keeps bringing you back! I hope that after this season, perhaps you feel a bit more inspired to take what you receive as an audience member and activate that sensation in your own life, to bring hope and joy to the world around you. Don’t ever underestimate your power to do that - one doesn’t need the spotlight to bring transformation. #Songplay #Winterreise #Agrippina #Didon ✨

If this girl can do it, you can too!!!!!!! #belikeanant #heavyload #yourenevergivenanythingyoucanthandle #antsruletheworld #summerlovin

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There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato