Opera at Your School
Find your voice! Arizona Opera's Department of Education is committed to exposing audiences--of all ages--to the world of opera, connecting the artform to their lives and the world around them.
Opera-Tunity school tours
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TUCSON TOUR *SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR NOW!*: September 25th – December 15th, 2017
PHOENIX TOUR: February – May 11th, 2018
HANSEL AND GRETEL
Hansel and Gretel are lost in the forest when they discover a magical, gingerbread house. But when the Witch inside reveals her true intentions, Hansel and Gretel must work together to find a way out—to find a way back home. Filled with wonderful melodies and timeless life-lessons, this 35-minute adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s masterful opera Hansel and Gretel is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Additionally, study guides are available that connect this great opera-tunity to classroom learning!
Recommended for grades K-4. A great first opera experience!
OPERA 101: THE AUDITION!
New Music! New Story!
This popular, 35-minute program presents a fun, engaging operatic crash-course to students. Through an original story, Opera 101 presents everything you need to know about opera and weaves together opera’s greatest, musical moments in their original languages. Study guides are available that connect the opera to AZ arts/curriculum standards.
Recommended for grades 4-8. Prefect for older students eager to experience the arts!
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PHOENIX TOUR: JANUARY 31-MAY 12, 2017
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (K-5 GRADE)
Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid
This 40-minute adaptation of Dvořák’s Rusalka takes students on an underwater adventure as the mermaid, Rusalka, yearns to be part of our world. Based on the classic fairytale The Little Mermaid, this operatic adaptation is sure to delight your students and introduce them to the magical world of opera! Study guides connect the opera to AZ arts/curriculum standards.
MIDDLE SCHOOLS (5-8 GRADE)
This operatic crash-course guides students through the world of opera by teaching the skills they need to approach this incredible artform. Structured around a simple story, Opera 101 presents opera’s greatest moments in their original language, demonstrating the narrative power of music. Study guides connect the opera to AZ arts/curriculum standards.
high Schools (9-12 grade)
Student Night Docent Trips
Attending Student Night at the Opera? Book an Arizona Opera docent to visit your school and prepare your students for the performance they will experience. Docent trips available with or without additional singers and range from 20 min-45 min.
Learn what goes into the performances you see on stage during a tour of the Arizona Opera Center. After an OperaTunity performance in the Arizona Opera Atrium, explore the costume shop, music library and take a sneek peek at a working rehearsal (rehearsal schedule permitting). Tours roughly last 90 minutes. Bus parking is available at the Arizona Opera Center (1636 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ).
Arizona Opera works with schools to create specialized programs to fit your classroom needs. Through Skype sessions, Reader's Theater scripts, close reading activities, Q&A, and more, students are able to further their learning through the arts. Contact us to set up your project!
Arizona Opera’s Teaching Artists partner with local schools to help students create their own, original opera. By using the program Music! Words! Opera!, students explore the structure of storytelling while discovering their own creative voice.
Find Your Voice Workshop
Arizona Opera's Find Your Voice Workshop partners schools for at-risk students to teaching artists. Students explore their unique, creative voice through instruction in dance, theater and music and through fieldtrips to various cultural institutions in Arizona. Students use these newly acquired skills to write, rehearse and premiere their own original works. Successful pilot program with Genesis City Academy concluded in April 2015 and was supported by Arizona Theatre Company and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.