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

Do you like a fast-paced environment, access to great talent, and building a solid skill set? Backstage Pass is your entry to the exciting entertainment industryCreated for high school students, Backstage Pass introduces students to varied careers backstage in theater, film, and concerts. The program begins with a free Career Day and continues into a multi-phase skill-building immersion.

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Grades 9-12 Career Day What's Behind the Curtain

Have you ever wondered about what careers are available behind the scenes in opera, Broadway, film, or TV? Career Day is an opportunity for high school students to get an inside look into the world of technical theater arts.  

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Grades 9-12 Opera on Trial Learn about law and prosecute the Diva!

Opera on Trial is a ground-breaking initiative that gives high school students the opportunity to engage with opera by examining its stories through a legal lens. The interdisciplinary program culminates in a mock trial in which both the prosecution and defense of an operatic character is conducted by students. An esteemed Philadelphia area judge presides over the case.  

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Grades K-5 Residency Program Learn about oneself through Opera

Welcome a residency from Opera Philadelphia to your school and see how the magic of opera can leave a lasting impact on your students. Students work with Opera Philadelphia’s engaging Teaching Artists for eight to ten weeks as they develop important academic and personal skills. Students are ultimately empowered to create, design, and perform an original opera of their own. 

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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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