|Ava Messinger sings in Seattle Opera's Youth Opera Chorus|
Messinger became interested in opera in 2012 after she participated in a one-week camp led by Barbara Lynne Jamison (recently appointed Seattle Opera's new Director of Education & Community Engagement; formerly the company's Youth Programs Manager). Getting to sing with the older girls in a camp for youth in fourth grade through high school made a big impression on both Ava, as well as her parents.
|Greer Grimsley (Scarpia) and Ava (playing the role of a choir child) backstage at McCaw Hall for Seattle Opera's January 2015 production of Puccini's Tosca.|
Unlike her first camp experiences at Seattle Opera, in Tosca, Ava was the older, more experienced chorister. It was cool getting to watch her less-experienced peers grow in confidence throughout the rehearsal process and performances. By the end of the show, they had all become good friends.
"Sure, we have our really long arias, like when Sigmund meets Brünnhilde (in Wagner's Ring) and it seems like it's two hours long! But most of the time, opera is really interesting, kind of like reading a good book."
|Ava sings a solo as an "Urchin" La bohème (2013). Alan Alabastro photo|
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Ava backstage with buddies, her fellow "Nibelungs," in Das Rheingold (2013).