Opera Philadelphia

Opera in a Trunk Online

Our most popular program for students in grades K-4, Opera in a Trunk introduces younger students to the concepts of opera through a series of videos which can be done at home or in the classroom. The FREE series of eight videos is taught by Opera Philadelphia teaching artists, all of whom are professional opera singers!

Three episodes are live right now! And five more will be released on Monday, June 22.

For full details on each video, including needed supplies, check out the description to each YouTube video.


EPISODE 1: Get to Know Us!

Meet Opera Philadelphia’s talented team of Teaching Artists. Get to know what they love about opera and what their singing voices sound like!

EPISODE 2: Opera is a Story

Encore Elise and the teaching artists will teach you the catchy Opera is a Story song! 

EPISODE 3: Introduction to the Trunk

Get a complete overview of Opera’s elements with this interactive preview of future videos!

EPISODE 4: Composers and Librettists

You can’t have an opera without someone to write the libretto and to set those words to music!

EPISODE 5: Singers and Orchestra

You can’t have an opera without singers or instrumentalists! Learn the ins and outs of voice types and instruments that make up an orchestra. 

EPISODE 6: Conductors and Directors

Learn the art of conducting and directing in this episode with Dynamics D’quan.

EPISODE 7: Sets, Lighting, and Props

How do we set the mood in an opera?  Through sets, lighting, and props!  Encore Elise interviews a lighting designer and helps you with a prop scavenger hunt at home

EPISODE 8: Costumes, Hair, and Make-Up

Aria Anaïs finishes this series by looking at how costumes, hair, and make-up help a performer bring a character to life, whether they are older, younger, the hero or the villain! 

Additional Resources

Student Worksheet
Song Lyrics
Opera Terms
Costumes Worksheet
My Opera Scene

Teaching Artists

Encore Elise
Encore Elise
Aria Anaïs
Aria Anaïs
Glissando Garrett
Glissando Garrett
Dynamics D’quan
Dynamics D’quan

"Encore" Elise Mark

Elise Mark, described as a "lively presence” with a "clear, expressive lyric soprano voice," was recently engaged in New York as Annina in Amore Opera’s La Traviata, and Kitty Bell in Utopia Opera’s production of Martha. Past seasons include roles such as Adelaide (The Enchanted Pig) with Steamboat Opera, Notary’s Wife (Intermezzo) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Adele (Die Fledermaus) with PA Lyric Opera, and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera Libera. Ms. Mark has had the privilege of working as a Young Artist with CoOPERAtive at Westminster Choir College, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Steamboat Opera. Ms. Mark is also an active music teacher, maintaining a private studio, directing community musicals and concerts, and holding various classes and workshops throughout the year. Ms. Mark is passionate about creating community through music, and helping others find inspiration through art as both audience members and performers.


"Aria" Anaïs Naharro-Murphy

Anaïs is a classically trained soprano active in the Philadelphia area as a soloist, choral singer, and chamber musician. Recent highlights include performances as The Plaintiff with Opera Delaware, concerts with the Princeton Singers, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. She is also a dedicated teaching artist, currently on staff with Opera Philadelphia, Bright Lights Music Academy, and Paul Michael School of Music. As an avid proponent of music in contemporary culture, Anaïs focuses on premiering new works, making music inventive and interactive, reviving unknown works, or performing works that have been recently re-discovered. Upcoming are world premiere recitals at Wabash College and Spain Arts & Culture on music of exiled Spanish poets. For more information, please visit anaisnaharromurphy.com. In addition to her stage work, Anaïs is also the Artistic Director of ENAensemble. For more information, please visit enaensemble.org.



"Glissando" Garrett Obrycki

Baritone Garrett Obrycki has found success as a leading man across the United States, having performed the title roles in Thomas’s Hamlet, Bonnie Montgomery’s Billy Blythe and Don Giovanni all with Opera Ithaca and as Atticus Finch’s Trainer in David T. Little and Royce Varek’sVinkensport  with Opera Saratoga. Additionally, Mr. Obrycki has recently been seen as Motorcycle Cop/Prison Guard 1 in Dead Man Walking with Opera Delaware, Sprecher in Die Zauberflote with Sarasota Opera and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Baltimore Concert Opera. As a concert soloist, Mr. Obrycki has performed Carmina Burana with Skidmore College Orchestra and Beethoven No. 9 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. A frequent performer of new works, Mr. Obrycki has collaborated with many opera companies on workshops and world premieres, including David T Little's JFK and Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves with Opera Philadelphia and Evan Mack’s Roscoe with Seagle Music Colony. As a recitalist, he has performed with Opera Saratoga, Central City Opera, Lynx Project, Patchwork Project and Art of the Heel. Mr. Obrycki has been given praise for his work in The Wall Street Journal, The Times Union and Opera News and has trained with Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Saratoga, Middlebury Opera, Princeton Opera Festival, Ohio Light Opera and at the Eastman School of Music. garrettobrycki.com



"Dynamics" D’quan Tyson

D’quan Tyson is a freelance performing and teaching artist hailing from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In 2016, he graduated with his Bachelors of Music; Vocal Performance degree from Ithaca College and has actively been pursuing outlets to express his passion for music both within the opera and commercial realm. Through Opera Philadelphia’s Sounds of Learning program, D’quan has had the opportunity to go into a myriad of classrooms to engage students in the multi-dimensional art form that is opera! While his background is not necessarily in education, he has found it immensely rewarding getting to work with students and seeing their growth and retention from class to class. He is in his second year as a teaching artist and hopes to actively start auditioning and performing with local professional choirs in the near future. He strives to continuously incorporate Andrea Bocelli’s idea that “All this is well worth it because opera offers such deep sensations that they will remain in a heart for a lifetime.”

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