Education & Outreach

Maryland Opera offers programs at reduced fees or free of charge for opera education performances to Maryland schools and community centers for grades pre-K through 12. Programming requests are accepted starting in early September. Program performances begin in mid-October and continue through the end of May. The grades listed for each program below are the suggested age range.

 

Please contact James Harp at 410-591-2853 or jharp@marylandopera.org to reserve program time for your organization.

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Opera-To-Go Programs
 
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Grades Pre-k—2

Sing a Rainbow (New Program)

Grades: Pre-K - 2

Length: 30 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

The beautiful and enchanting Rainbow Lady teaches us about colors and all the diverse people that make music throughout the world.

The Magical Kingdom
of Opera

Grades: Pre-K - 2 (Recommended) Length: 30 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

As we enter the Magical Kingdom of Opera, the Opera Princess teaches us about the possibilities and surprises that await when we tell a story through song.

The Opera Bears

Grades: Pre-K - 2

Length: 30 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

An interactive presentation featuring large puppets seen simultaneously with the performers. “Grizzelina” and “Grizzelino” teach that, for humans and bears alike, opera is a delightful way to tell a story.

Puppets & Papageno

Grades: Pre-K - 2

Length: 30 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

An interactive presentation featuring large puppets seen simultaneously with the performers. “Tuska” and “Donnertello” learn that, while singing solos in the opera is fun, the real joy comes from singing together.

Arias & Adventures

Grades: Pre-K - 2
Length: 30 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

In this delightful introduction to opera, two mysterious characters are imagined into existence from audience suggestions and show how a story can be told through singing.

 
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Grades 3—6

Sing a Rainbow (New Program)

Grades: 3 — 6

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

The beautiful and enchanting Rainbow Lady sings about the many characters in famous operas that come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She also teaches us all the diverse people that make music throughout the world.

Opera Games!

Grades: 3 — 6

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

What does a singer have to do to be in the opera? How many directors does an opera have? What are “recitatives” and “supernumeraries”? In this highly energetic and interactive show, two singers and a pianist/emcee tell all about what it takes to put an opera together—and more importantly, show just how fun opera is!

Let's Make an Opera

Grades: 3 — 6

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

We’ll provide the music, you provide the plot. Guided by the pianist/emcee, the students learn about opera while creating a brand new story, brought to life in real time by two singers using some of opera’s greatest arias and duets.

Much Ado About Opera

Grades: 3 — 6

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  250

Between a pianist, a male singer, and a secret identity (or two!), students learn that opera is both fun and full of surprises.

 
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Grades 7—12

Lift Every Voice & Sing
(New Program)

Grades: 7 — 12

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  500

This program provides an insightful and celebratory overview of the rich treasure of music by African-Americans, including spirituals, art songs, and operatic arias.

Marian Anderson

Grades: 7 — 12

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  500

A celebration and tribute to the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. This program explores the turbulent history of the civil rights movement, while presenting the wide variety of styles in Marian Anderson’s repertoire, including spirituals, art songs, and opera excerpts.

A Grand Night for Singing

Grades: 7 — 12

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  500

A collection of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein from five of their most famous musicals: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King & I and The Sound of Music. Audience members will not only hear the favorites, but learn interesting facts about the composers and shows while they are transported back to the golden age of musical theater.

 
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Grades 9—12

Made in America —
The American Songbook

Grades: 9 — 12

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  300

An exploration of the American Songbook featuring composers such as Johnny Mercer, Heusen & Cahn, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Lerner & Loewe, and many others. We’ll sing all the classic hits of cabaret, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood, while learning about the singers that made them famous.

Sweethearts —
The Golden Age of Operetta

Grades: 9 — 12

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  300

Two singers and a pianist present music of Romberg, Lehar, Kern, and Herbert in selections from favorite operettas, including a special tribute to Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.

Highlights from
Opera & Broadway

Grades: 9 — 12

Length: 45 Minutes

Audience Max:  300

A singer and pianist present highlights of opera and Broadway. Our audience will hear Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as selections from the golden age of Broadway.

 
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Additional Programs

Opera à la carte

Would your organization enjoy a program of live vocal music and entertainment? Is your history class studying a particular era or region? Are you introducing your English students to poetry? Would you enjoy a program featuring the music of Puccini and La bohème? Would your audience love a program of Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites? Our singers and musicians have expertise in a wide variety of musical periods and styles and would be happy to create a custom program to meet your needs.

Opera in the Curriculum

Opera in the Curriculum gives teachers an opportunity to enhance classroom learning by bringing students to full, live productions of grand opera after studying the content or context of the piece in class. Teachers of history, English, fine arts, music and foreign language have taken advantage of this opportunity to make opera vital and relevant in a school’s core curriculum.

Student Dress Rehearsals

Master Classes

Maryland Opera’s expert staff is available to conduct master classes with your choir or vocal students.

"Perspectives" Lectures

To enhance your enjoyment of the opera, respected operaphiles provide insight into the opera’s musical significance, composition, and historical context. This lecture series is presented free of charge to anyone holding a ticket to the performance.

A limited number of dress rehearsal passes for Maryland Opera productions are available to classes and student groups.

I cannot say enough about the first-class performance given by the team today! The students were so engaged, and the musicians were so wonderful."

- Nancy Lindsay, MM M.Ed. Vocal Music Specialist Baltimore Highlands Elementary School

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