Photo by Keitaro Harada
For four seasons, Dr. Miller was the Soprano Teaching Artist with Arizona Opera and had the opportunity to sing in four opera productions suitable for school-age children; "Who Wants to Be An Opera Star?", Opera 101, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf"- based on Mozart's Don Giovanni, and an opera entirely improvised. During these four seasons, Dr. Miller became interested in children's reactions to the opera art-form and was inspired to write her dissertation on Arizona Opera's Education Program with the emphasis on the outreach touring group, OperaTunity.
In addition to her dissertation, Dr. Miller desires to create more accessible opera to school-age children. This large-scale project includes reworking operas into more condensed versions that are accessible to school-age children. The operas included in this project are; Rossini's Cenerentola and Barber of Seville, Massenet's Cendrillon, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and a version of Sleeping Beauty using music from Tchaikovsky's ballet.