Term 1 Composer - Verdi
Classics for Kids has a great show introducing the composer along with some music!
I also found this wonderful old (and short) children's book on Archive.org! Verdi: The Story of the Little Boy Who Loved the Hand Organ
Week 1-2- AidaI will introduce opera to the kids through some fun picture books like Opera Cat and Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera. We will listen to the Classics for Kids show on Verdi and spend time listening to the Triumphal March from Aida. Our library also has a story book for the Aida opera storyline.
Week 3-4 - AidaWe will listen to the Classics for Kids show about Aida and hopefully watch the performance. Since my kids are still on the younger side we may just play it in the background while doing other activities.
Week 5-6- La TraviataLike Shakespeare, there are themes that are more mature that I will not expound on, yet I do want to expose my kids to the classics and great music! A synopsis of the opera is here but I have not found any record of a picture book to accompany the storyline. We will listen to the overture linked below and talk about how overtures to operas are often famous instrumental works in classical music!
Zeke Pippin is a funny picture book about a pig who loves music and it references the overture of La Traviata on the harmonica!