“…so many of my students are involved not only in music through band and choir but also are actively involved in theatre and visual arts. They were so captivated to see so many fine arts aspects merged together to create one production. For all of them, it was their first experience seeing an opera and one they will never forget.”
– Brian Edwards, Cele Middle School Band, Pflugerville ISD
Austin Opera is excited to provide the opportunity for students in Central Texas to experience live opera through our ACCESS OPERA program, and to support teachers in creating this meaningful and memorable occasion for their students. Continue reading below for information about:
Production dates and times – Mark these dates on your calendar!
Registration schedule – Plan to get your tickets early! We fill up quickly!
FREE and easily accessible online curriculum and teaching resources!
In-person docent presentations are also available.
ACCESS OPERA PRODUCTIONS AND DATES
All performances will take place at the Long Center and begin at 7:00 p.m.
Rigoletto– Thursday, November 7, 2019 Everest – Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Turandot – Thursday, April 23, 2020
Click the video sampler below for a sneak peek!
2019-2020 Season Access Opera Sampler
ACCESS OPERA LESSON PLANS AND TEACHING MATERIALS
Click on the production title below to find a page filled with a curated list of resources, including our new ACCESS OPERA PowerPoints, complete with new Animated Listening Maps, accompanying lesson plans, assessments and so much more!
Click on the orange buttons below to go directly to the specific opera production lessons and resources.
Turandot Final Dress Rehearsal April 23, 2020 – 7:00 PM Long Center for the Performing Arts
Registration for tickets begins Wednesday, February 19, 2020
RECOMMENDED for Ages 8 & up (on stage stabbing, off-stage beheading)
For those of you signing up for the first time, a special welcome!
For all educators – please read carefully through the information below prior to registration.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR ACCESS OPERA:
LOG IN: Educators will need to create a login to reserve tickets for an Access Opera event. This information will go directly into our database to streamline the reservation and ticketing process. Once you have a login, you will be able to use your account to make reservations for any of our ticketed programs (Access Opera, Masterclasses, etc.)
RESERVATIONS: Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please fill out ALL fields on the registration form carefully. You should receive two separate confirmations of your reservation – an immediate automated one, and a second personal confirmation from Austin Opera within 3 business workdays. Contact Debra Erck, Director of Education at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns with the registration process.
ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS: We cannot accept reservations will fewer than 4 students for our Access Opera events. If you have a group with fewer than 4 students, please call our Box Office at 512-472-5992 to inquire about special prices for student tickets to one of our performances. Check the age recommendations stated above for each production before registering. Please no strollers or babes in arms.
WAITLIST: If tickets are “sold out,” email Debra Erck ([email protected]) to be placed on a waiting list. Schools placed on the waitlist will be contacted by email if tickets become available up to 48 hours prior to the dress rehearsal.
COMMUNICATION: Once you have reserved tickets, watch for regular email communications with information about the upcoming performance, including teaching resources and hints for making your visit to the Long Center a special event.
ATTENDING THE OPERA: When you arrive for the performance, tickets will be scanned as you enter the Long Center. This will provide us with accurate information regarding who is attending our dress rehearsals. Groups that do not show up or do not use all of their tickets may lose the privilege of participating in this program in the future. You are encouraged to email us as soon as possible if you have extra tickets that will not be used so we can pass them along to students on our waitlist.
BUS INFO: Schools traveling by bus need to indicate the number of busses they will be bringing on the registration form. Once students are dropped off at the Long Center, busses will be asked to stage at an alternate location. Make sure to get your bus driver’s cell phone number so you can communicate when the performance is over. The Long Center suggests busses stage at Austin High School.
SEATING: Only groups traveling by bus will have a reserved seating section. All other attendees will have open seating options on a designated level (orchestra, mezzanine, balcony).
DOCENT VISITS: We are excited to provide docents to speak to groups during the school day to prepare them for attending our Access Opera program. Docents present a multimedia presentation that covers areas such as the music and composer, the cultural and historical context of the opera, as well as specifics about the production and audience etiquette. Docent programs and select materials are also available in Spanish, on request.
TEACHING RESOURCES: Click on the appropriate production title above to find a variety of teaching resources for sharing opera with your students. We’ve done the homework for you! A special PowerPoint has been prepared for each of the three productions as well, featuring Animated Listening Maps, Assessments to Check for Understanding and so much more!
NOTE: The Austin Opera may have a photographer or videographer on-site during the dress rehearsal to take pictures of the production, and possibly of the audience. If you would be willing for us to take pictures of your group, click here to print out a photo release form for parents to sign.