K-12 Education



We believe in the power of opera as an educational tool for students of all ages. Our education programs use the arts to explore the imagination, to enrich lives, and to investigate other academic areas. Experience the learning opportunities of Kentucky Opera in your classrooms, in our theatre, and in the community. 

Now taking reservations for the 2016/17 education programs!
Check out the 2016/17 Education Brochure!

*Please note that The Mikado Final Dress Rehearsal has been changed from Wednesday, February 8, 2017 and will now be on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Final Dress Rehearsals For Students and Educators:

*Madame Butterfly Reservation Form – Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Abduction from the Seraglio Reservation Form – Wednesday, November 2, 2016
*Please note we have rated this opera PG-13 for adult content.
The Mikado Reservation Form – Thursday, February 9, 2017

As part of our commitment to the community, Kentucky Opera makes the final dress rehearsal available to students and their families ($5 per ticket). Doors open at 6:15 pm. Performance begins at 7:00 pm. As with all of Kentucky Opera performances, there is no late seating, so please allow plenty of time to arrive at the theater. All tickets are held at will-call to be picked up the night of the dress rehearsal.

To secure seats, we ask that all reservations be submitted one week prior to the dress rehearsal performances. Submit respective form(s) to Aubrey Baker.

There are no refunds or exchanges. Ticket prices are $5.00. K-12 student groups should have appropriate adult supervision.

*Schools can apply for transportation funding through the TranspARTation Directory with the Kentucky Arts Council to cover the transportation cost of select field trip dates at partnering organizations. 

NEW!!! Opera Previews
Kentucky Opera offers 30 minute preview discussions for each production. these discussions take a multimedia approach to prepare students for what they will experience during the performance. Musical and historical topics will be discussed, as well as insights into the production process with Kentucky Opera. Preview Discussions will take place at 6:00 PM on site at the Brown Theatre. Free but reservations required. 
Preview Discussion Reservation Form.

The Job Shadow Program
As part of Kentucky Opera’s education initiative to prepare students for college and career choices, the Job Shadow program provides students an opportunity to learn about the different company departments; observe opera rehearsals and/or other performance opportunities; tour the costume shop; and participate in a question based discussion with the production team and cast. Once students glean the functions of the company, they engage in group-based activities to further explore the facets of non-profit arts organizations. Within the program, students engage in discussion and participate in written and verbal presentations.
Job Shadow Program Reservation Form.

In School Programs

Opera 101! is a 40 minute interactive program that introduces audiences to the elements of opera through music, captivating visuals, humor, drama, and student participation.
More information on the Reservation Form!


The Gilbert & Sullivan Review is a 50 minute program that introduces audiences to the music of Gilbert & Sullivan. Schools can choose the option of a performance based review or a student participation based review.
More information on the Reservation Form!


We Sing for a Nation is a 40 minute program that celebrates Black History Month through musical accounts of individuals who advocated for civil rights, including the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, Marian Anderson. The program features spirituals, folk songs, blues music, gospel and opera.
More information on the Reservation Form!

Kentucky Opera provides flexible programming to accommodate the needs of students and educators. Please contact Aubrey_baker@kyopera to further discuss additional programming options catered to respective student groups.