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 1991 in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia’s Sounds of Learning™ program addresses the growing gap in arts education and access in the Greater Philadelphia region. Now in its third decade, the program has reached nearly 150,000 students in ten counties through an intensive, in-school, literacy-based music education program that includes opportunities to see a live opera performance

Grades 5-12 Signature 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 K-12 Classroom Program One lyrical lesson could change a student’s life

For a broader approach to opera education, an Opera Teaching Artist can visit your school and lead one of five interactive lessons which connect the opera to music, language arts, biology and anatomy, mathematics, creative writing, critical thinking and analysis, storytelling, and more!  These free classroom programs are open to grades K-12 and last approximately 45 minutes.

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Grades 9-12 Maestro Program Expert lessons from the City’s finest

Interested in bringing your chorus, orchestra, or band to see an opera in the Academy of Music? Opera Philadelphia offers the Maestro Program, a unique hands-on learning method to help students in performance-based high school classrooms to prepare to attend an opera in just one 45-minute classroom session.

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Have you ever wanted to share the thrill of opera with your students? Opera Philadelphia’s Assembly Program does that for you! Nothing can thrill and amaze like the sound of a live opera singer. We’ll bring opera to your school as a quartet of singers perform a recital of popular arias. Your students will learn about voice types, how to sing with a variety of emotions, while learning along the way. They’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the artists, while being exposed to opera. This free program is approximately 45 minutes long.

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

Interested in sharing your talents with other teens from Philadelphia? Join T-VOCE, our Teen Voices of the City Ensemble, where you’ll share your talents, meet other teens who love to sing, get the chance to perform throughout Philadelphia, and build a community of singers.

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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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