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For questions, please contact Steven Humes, Manager of Audience Development, at humes@operaphila.org


Register today for our hybrid program by completing the form listed below.

Save the Boys | digital

Available now on operaphila.tv

Curriculum release November 9, 2021

20 minutes

Grades 5-12

Composed by Opera Philadelphia Composer in Residence Tyshawn Sorey, Save the Boys sets the 1887 title poem by abolitionist, writer, and Black women’s rights activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper to music. The performance features countertenor John Holiday, who was a 2020 Finalist on NBC's The Voice, alongside pianist Grant Loehnig. 

Performed in English with English closed captioning.

On November 9, 2021, Kalela Williams (blackhistorymaven.com) will lead teachers on a virtual professional development that highlights Harper's life in Philadelphia and impact on our nation's history.

Oedipus Rex + Lilacs | in-person

Thursday, January 20, 2022 | 2:00 p.m.

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Cultural Campus

90 minutes

Grades 5-12

Greek mythology and Americana combine for a concert performance featuring music by Igor Stravinsky and George Walker. Oedipus Rex tells a classic story of an entire family’s attempt to evade their inescapable, tragic fate. This will be preceded by a performance of George Walker's Lilacs which is a setting of Walt Whitman’s poem, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” an elegy to President Abraham Lincoln. Students will be able to learn about Walker's life and career which includes graduating from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music and being the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music (for Lilacs).

Performed in Latin and English with English Supertitles.

Audio Description available.

On December 8, 2021, Bill Doggett (billdoggettproductions.com) will lead teachers on a virtual professional development that highlights Walker's Lilacs. The session will also cover Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.

Rigoletto | in-person

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 2:00 p.m.

Academy of Music

2 hours and 30 minutes


One of Giuseppe Verdi's most popular opera's, Rigoletto tells a tragic story about fate, revenge, and the abuse of power. At the center of the opera are three characters: the powerful Duke of Mantua, his jester Rigolettoand Rigoletto's innocent daughter, Gilda. In this timely, modern production, director Lindy Hume offers no mercy for powerful men who hurt women. The opera is set in a “presidential palace” on election night and Hume confronts the newsmakers of today with a production that refuses to romanticize or ignore the Duke’s brutal treatment of women. Educational resources around the themes of this opera, which include sexual violence, will be development in collaboration with local partner organizations.

Performed in Italian with English Supertitles.

Audio Description available.

Professional Development for teachers will be offered in March 2022.

La traviata | digital

Available now on operaphila.tv

2 hours and 20 minutes

Grades 5-12

In Verdi’s classic work, Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry surrenders her last hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover Alfredo’s reputation. Though she is a “fallen woman,” Verdi’s empathetic and vivid score maintains her dignity and the audience’s compassion. This 2015 production features rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in her role debut as Violetta which now serves as a definitive role in her career. Accompanying this performance is "La traviata: Five Years Later," which features the cast and a lecture from our Reflection & Re-Vision series. 

Performed in Italian with English closed captioning.

Audio Description available.

Cycles of My Being | digital

Available now on operaphila.tv

52 minutes

Grades 5-12

Cycles of My Being is a song cycle that explores the realities of life as a Black man in America today. This striking new film stars tenor Lawrence Brownlee and is conducted by the composer, Tyshawn Sorey. It features the text of Terrence Hayes, author of the recent publication "American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin."

Performed in English with English closed captioning.

Audio Description available.

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