Austin Opera shares the magic of opera with thousands of children in the Central Texas region every year. Our programs give students a rare opportunity to experience one of the theater’s most creative and engaging art forms, in the classroom and on the stage.
Recommended for grades K-5 (free)
Opera Treasure Chest is a free program that includes TEKS-aligned interactive lesson plans culminating in a live opera performance for students in grades K-5. Each lesson comes with the materials teachers need to help students experience opera while reinforcing writing skills, critical thinking and creativity. Teachers at participating schools “check out” treasure chests full of opera-related materials— including printed lesson plans, DVDs, books, and puppets. TEKs areas addressed by the Opera Treasure Chest include music, theatre, art, language arts and health education. Contact Debra Erck, Director of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule this program for your school.
Mindful Music Moments, a collaboration between City Silence and Austin Opera, combines classical music and mindfulness to calm and focus the mind while creating a lasting relationship with music. Every day, students and teachers listen to excerpts of classical music curated by Austin Opera and City Silence and are led through a mindful meditation.
After an initial pilot this Spring at select schools in AISD, plans are underway for additional schools in the Austin area to participate in the 2018-2019 school year. For more information about how to bring this program to your school or organization, contact Stacy Sims – email@example.com, or Debra Erck – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Recommended for grades 5-12, depending on production (free)
Thousands of students and educators attend Austin Opera mainstage dress rehearsals through Access Opera. Prior to each event, online resources are made available, as well as live docent presentations, to prepare students for the experience of attending the opera. Docent programs and select study materials are also available in Spanish, on request. Go to the ACCESS OPERA page for more information and to register online.
ACCESS OPERA PRODUCTIONS AND DATES
All performances will take place at the Long Center and begin at 7:00 PM
Otello – Thursday, November 8, 2018
Silent Night – Thursday, January 24, 2019
La bohème – Thursday, April 25, 2019
Recommended for high school students and older (free, but reservation required)
Join Austin Opera for a masterclass presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. The masterclass allows UT students to work with an internationally recognized performer.
While participation is limited to selected UT students and Austin Opera chorus members, the general public is invited to attend and see a Master of the voice work with singers, touching on subjects of musicality, the mechanics of singing, and what it is like to perform on stage. This is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever wondered how our singers do what they do.
Recommended for Middle School and High School students (free)
Austin Opera’s Spotlight Artist program provides students with a close up opportunity to engage with an opera singer performing in the 2018-2019 season for Austin Opera. Our Spotlight Artist is available to visit school music programs in the Austin area for a class period. During this time, they will perform a recital of selections from opera, art songs and musical theatre. Afterwards, the Spotlight Artist will discuss their career path and experiences, as well engage in a Q & A with participating students. This year we are thrilled to have Austin Seibert, baritone, as our Spotlight Artist. A limited number of Spotlight Artist visits are available throughout the school year. Contact Debra Erck at email@example.com to schedule a visit to your school.