Opera Philadelphia

A well-rounded education never sounded so good!

Let your students experience opera – the one genre that brings all the arts together for a magical experience: music, drama, dance, art, and more.  

Launched in 1989 in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia’s Sounds of Learning programs address the growing gap in arts education and access in the Greater Philadelphia region. Now in its third decade, the program has reached nearly 180,000 students in ten counties through an intensive, in-school, literacy-based music education program that includes opportunities to see a live opera performance. 

Additionally, robust after school programs provide students with hands-on opportunities to engage in the art form both on-stage and behind-the-scenes. These programs help foster students’ creativity and self-worth while building a community of arts-engaged young people.  

Grades 8-12 T-VOCE Creating community through the power of song

Our Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE) is returning this fall, and it’s going virtual! To keep everyone safe and healthy, T-VOCE rehearsals will take place over Zoom. Teens ages 13-19 can enjoy artistic expression, friendship, community, and free voice lessons – all from their personal devices. Join us!

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Grades 9-12 We Shall Not Be Moved - Virtual Learning Discover the opera inspired by Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia collaborates with The Apollo Theater to share learning resources around Daniel Bernard Roumain and Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s opera WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED.

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Grades 5-12 Dress Rehearsal Program An inspiring lesson, a lifetime of inspiration

Opera is used as a vehicle to teach lessons across the curriculum. Designed for students in grades 5–12, the program introduces opera through lessons from music and language arts, to social studies, foreign languages, and more. The program culminates with students attending a free dress rehearsal at the Academy of Music.

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Grades 9-12 Backstage Pass Raise the Curtain on Your Future

Backstage Pass is your entry to the exciting entertainment industry. Created for high school students, Backstage Pass introduces students to varied careers backstage in theater, film, and concerts. Returning in January 2021, the five-month program will be virtual.

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Grade 4 Residency Program Learn about oneself through Opera

Since 2016, Opera Philadelphia’s in-school programming has grown from single 45-minute presentations to interactive 10-week residencies led by Teaching Artists that focus on using opera-inspired lessons as the vehicle for growth in interpersonal skills, relationship building, and English Language core standards. During the 2020-2021 school year, Opera Philadelphia will continue this work virtually by creating smaller cohorts of students who will work together to choose their own path as a creator, designer, or performer and create and present their own opera company.

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A Family Guide to Opera Student Study Guides

Opera Philadelphia is happy to make its Sounds of Learning student workbooks, A Family Guide to Opera, available for download in .pdf format.

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