Opera in Schools

Opera Philadelphia brings the theatrical, orchestral and vocal splendor of opera into schools throughout the Delaware Valley, offering educational programming for students and music-education resources for parents.  Offerings include in-school presentations and free student dress rehearsals with accompanying standards-based curriculum guides through the award-winning Sounds of Learning™ program, which served nearly 5,300 students from 126 schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Maryland during the 2012-2013 Season.  More than 40 percent of total participants were from 51 schools in the School District of Philadelphia. For many students, Sounds of Learning™ is their only access to the arts, and in an environment of drastic cuts to arts education, programs like this are needed now more than ever.


“My students love this program. Year after year, I am amazed by the extent to which they appreciate the opera.” William Mirsky, Ben Franklin High School

“Our students have begun to see the opera as something they can fully participate in, both as patrons and directly as part of the production.  We are thrilled with the enrichment the Sounds of Learning brings to our curriculum.” Megan Layden, The DePaul Catholic School

“I am convinced that without this program, so many young people would never accept the challenge on their own to see what opera really is all about.” Rose Marie Tecce, Archbishop Wood High School