This high school hits the high notes

This high school hits the high notes

There are 6 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 19, 2007, titled This high school hits the high notes. In it, Newsday reports that:

Opera makes a lot more sense when you realize that it's mostly about teenagers. Tristan and his Isolde, Salome, the title character in "Madama Butterfly," Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro" - all are ...

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Amy Fenno

Huntington Station, NY

#1 Apr 19, 2007
Wow!How lucky these young men and women are to have such an amazing high school music program. In an age when entertainment, particularly television, is playing to the lowest common denominator, it is heart warming to read about a high school and a group of teachers who are exposing these young adults to opera. Bravo Great Neck South High School!
Jessica Fishenfeld

Ossining, NY

#2 Apr 20, 2007
I couldn't help but notice that Kathleen's name is spelled wrong. It's Siapno, not Siapna. Otherwise, the article is fabulous.
Thanks for seeing us!
Alexio Chang

Hicksville, NY

#3 Apr 20, 2007
Yeah, great article.

I play the violin in the pit at SHS and its actually a really great experience to actually be part of an opera. Thanks for coming to see us.
Tricia B

Greenwich, CT

#4 Apr 21, 2007
i saw the show yesterday. amazing. and yeahh they did spell kathleen's name wrong. and i cant wait to see hairspray.


#5 Apr 23, 2007
As much as I am glad that these kids are getting exposed to opera at a young age, and the school supports the arts as much as it does, I truly believe that they are way too young to be singing music of this caliber. As a professional singer, and teacher who thinks, along with many of my colleagues, that the music is way too demanding on a voice of their age, and can only lead to major vocal problems, should some of them go on to pursue voice and opera in the university and professional setting. Although I am glad the school supports the arts to this extent, the music program should instead be tackling lighter music, such as simple musical theatre, if they are truly thinking about bettering the students exposure to the arts.

Bronx, NY

#6 May 1, 2007
Ryan, I understand where you are coming from from, but you really ought to see our operas before you comment. We have a very strong music department, not just from the teachers, but the students as well. There is a reason that we are not only putting on opera productions, but also getting recognized for them.

And we do indeed also put on musicals, along with a play, One Acts Festival directed by seniors, and improv shows, and most of the people involved in the opera are also involved in at least one of these productions. Our theatre club, Theatre South, is the richest club in the school and I believe in the county.

I know it's an unrealistic thing, but I think it's something you truly have to see to believe.

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