Write Your Own Opera!

Using Poetic Devices to Construct Lyrics

Write your own original aria or libretto!

Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Andrea Palma show us how we can use several poetic devices to help us start writing song lyrics and/or parts of our opera libretto. **PRIOR KNOWLEDGE** We've rated this lesson for 4th grade and above. Students should understand: Rhyme, Alliteration, Metaphor, and Simile and a basic knowledge of how to apply word syllables to simple rhythms. A brief instructional video is in the resources, as well as the "Libretto Toolbox" containing complete definitions.

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Background Information Video
COMPLETE Libretto Toolbox
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Andrea Palma, Soprano

Andrea Palma is a New York City native, born and raised in Queens. She pursued her Bachelor's degree in Music Education at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and her Masters in Voice from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the music conservatory within Roosevelt University. Ms. Palma is a versatile singer singing anything from Latin bands, Opera, to large choral works, and has performed internationally in prominent music festivals such as the Verbier Music Festival, and the Salzburg Music Festival. Having gained her love of music through outreach education programs as a student, her passion is to share that same love of music to the students all around New York City.

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