Opera In Your Schools


In-School Programs

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Education Program Goals:

  • To offer programs which teach through integrated curriculum (using the arts to teach literacy, wellness, social studies, etc.) within interactive programming and intimate formats. 
  • To cultivate existing audiences and expose new audiences to live theatre and opera, and introduce audiences to the capacities of the human voice as an instrument.
  • To support Kentucky and Indiana Academic Standards with interactive, live arts experiences.
  • To create arts experiences that are accessible to a diverse demographic.

Oh Freedom! is a musical journey that begins in west Africa and follows a chronological path from the Middle Passage and songs of slavery to the Civil Rights movement and finally to the election of the first African-American President of the United States. Audiences will learn how the drums and songs of West Africa became the call and response songs of slavery and how codes were hidden in the songs to help slaves to freedom. The journey continues to New York and the Harlem Renaissance as well as the world of opera with Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. We recognize the importance of the great African-American opera star Marian Anderson along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their involvement in the Civil Rights movement. The musical journey ends with a celebration of hope and honors the country’s first African-American President with the performance of “Chorus of Hope” by local composer, Harry Pickens.

  • Duration: 40 minutes.
  • Available February, 2018.
  • Designed for 3rd – 5th grade (curriculum based).
  • Performance Fee: $350 per performance
  • Capacity: Ideal max capacity of 300.
  • Program available with on-site provided piano or KO mobile electronic keyboard.

The Science of Opera is an interactive program, which explores the physiology of the human body as a musical instrument. The program demonstrates the capacity and diversity of the human voice through the Bernoulli principle, phonation and sounds waves with the use of tuning forks, oscilloscopes and of course, opera singers!

  • Duration: 45 minutes.
  • Available selected dates in winter/spring, 2018.
  • Designed for K – 6th grade.
  • Performance Fee: $350 ($525 for two programs back-to-back).
  • Capacity: Ideal max capacity of 300.
  • Program available with on-site provided piano or KO mobile electronic keyboard.

Master Classes with Kentucky Opera artists are available to work with students on solo or ensemble repertoire, musicality, diction and other specific areas of interest as requested.

  • Duration: 1 – 2 hours.
  • Available selected September 2017 – February 2018.
  • Available for High School & College students.
  • Program Fees: $150 per High School level Master Class; $250 for College level Master Class.
  • Capacity: Participating students 3 – 5 (audience capacity as space allows).
  • Tuned piano required on-site.

Let’s Talk Opera! with Kentucky Opera’s Education Department is a program tailored to your group! Whether designed as an introductory course for those brand new to the opera experience, or for the more seasoned opera lover – Let’s Talk Opera takes a multi-media approach to exploring the connections within opera and literature, art, history or language.

  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Available year round.
  • Available for 3rd grade – 12th grade.
  • Program Fee: $75 per course.
  • Capacity: Ideal max of 50.

Hands on Opera! takes an interactive approach to introducing students to the tangible elements of opera: costumes, hair/ make up, props and scenery. Students will explore how production elements can greatly elevate the theatrical experience through hands on activities supported with multimedia resources.

  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Available year round.
  • Available for 3rd grade – 8th grade.
  • Program Fee: $150.
  • Capacity: Ideal minimum 10/maximum 40.

Preview Discussions for each Main Stage production are available to students before the Final Dress Rehearsal performances. The discussions take a multimedia approach to prepare students and educators 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. Discussions are available either in schools (by request) or on site, prior to the Final Dress Rehearsal performances.

  • Program Fee: free for patrons attending before the Final Dress Rehearsal Performance. Groups can schedule the program to take place on their site/campus prior to the performance for a flat rate of $35.