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Creative Aging Workshops

Enriching the quality of life for those ages 55+


Wise Women in Opera 

Creating a community of artistic freedom for women with life experience 

Celebrating Women’s History Month, individuals 55+ are invited by Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Guerilla Opera to join a free, three-day creative aging workshop for life long learners. All non-binary and female identifying persons are welcome.

Participants will explore operatic forms of storytelling as they learn how to set words to music with special guest, composer Faye Chiao, develop visual concepts for the stage, and share stories lifting up influential women from their lives.  

Meet the instructors:  

Aliana de la Guardia, Artistic Director, Guerilla Opera: A voracious interpreter of repertoire old and new, de la Guardia is an accomplished Cuban-American artist that enjoys a multifaceted career as a classical vocalist, actor, educator, and entrepreneur based in Boston, MA. 

Alisa Magallón, Senior Education Manager, Houston Grand Opera:  A passionate performer and administrator focused on cultivating social and emotional learning in children and adults through the power of the arts, Alisa has over 10 years of experience leading several successful education and learning programs for prominent opera companies in the United States. 

Faye Chiao, composer: is composer and performer of musical theater, opera, concert music, and film. Chiao has been honored with The Presser Music Award from The Presser Foundation, the Libby Larsen Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music, and grants from The Puffin Foundation and OPERA America, she recently premiered Katie: The Strongest of the Strong for Houston Grand Opera. 

Mitra Sadeghpour, DM, Education Director, Minnesota Opera: A career educator, Sadeghpour joined Minnesota Opera after 19 years in higher education. She is passionate about opera as an avenue to learning and art-making at all ages and levels of experience. 

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