In-School & Community Programs

Brother-and-SisterOPERA ON TOUR

Opera Colorado’s Young Artists hit the road with abridged performances of two exciting operas sung in English – the classic fairytale Hansel and Gretel and the blockbuster Carmen.

HANSEL and GRETEL by Engelbert Humperdinck
Follow the trail of breadcrumbs to Opera Colorado’s production of the beloved fairytale Hansel and Gretel. When they become stranded in the magic forest, things look “Grimm” indeed for Gretel and her brother Hansel. Their unexpected adventure takes them on an enchanted odyssey where they meet a cunning and zany Witch. Sung in English and staged traditionally, this performance offers a unique and creative way to incorporate classical literature and fairytales into your curriculum!

Grade level: All ages
Offered: October-May
Cost: $600 for one performance, $700 for two, back-to-back performances
Opera On Tour Program Request

Carmen-Tnew-Photo_WebCARMEN by Georges Bizet
Join us for Bizet’s most famous opera. Carmen, a fiery Spanish rose, loves to live on the edge and uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants – but beware; play with her and you might get burned. This production frames Bizet’s celebrated melodies in a minimalistic setting, allowing for the power of the story and the drama of the characters to take center stage. True to the lure of classic Spain, Carmen will draw you deeply into an unforgettable opera experience.

Grade level: 6th and up
Offered: January-May
Cost: $600 for one performance, $700 for two, back-to-back performances
Opera On Tour Program Request


Of all the fine arts, opera is the most collaborative and our In-School Workshops are proof. Taught by Opera Colorado’s Teaching Artists, these fun and informative workshops integrate opera into classroom lessons, and apply to a wide variety of subjects including Performing Arts, Communication, Interpersonal Skills and much more. Need something specific? Just contact Opera Colorado with your request!

Grade level: All ages
Offered: September-May, Tuesday-Friday
Cost: Varies depending on the length of workshop (contact Opera Colorado with your request)
In School Workshop Program Request


A concert–style experience not to be missed! Performed by Opera Colorado’s Young Artists, this delightful program features highlights from operatic and musical theater repertoire. Selections are performed as they would be on stage but without the use of sets and costumes, creating an intimate and engaging experience. Designed to entertain and educate, the program ends with a Q&A session which gives the audience unique insight into the world of opera.

Grade level: 7th grade and up
Offered: October-May, Tuesday-Saturday
Cost: $350
Arias and Ensembles Program Request



Looking for a program that teaches cross-curricular skills through a fresh and innovative approach? Gen OC is the program for you! This unique residency teaches 21st Century Workforces Readiness Skills and is gaining national attention as the future of integrated arts education! An emphasis is place on creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. Using opera as the catalyst, participants work closely with industry professionals in one of two tracks: Marketing or Page to Stage. Teaching artists guide you through every part of the process and each program is tailored to fit the specific needs, goals and curriculum of your school or classroom.

Track Options
Marketing: Students create original materials to market an Opera Colorado production to their peers. Page to Stage: Students write, produce and perform their own original piece inspired by a literary source.

Grade level: 6th-12th grade
Offered: Fall-Spring
Cost: Varies based on program. Contact Opera Colorado for more information.

Applications available upon request. Limited availability, only three classes will be accepted to participate for the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Opera Colorado for more information.
Generation OC Application Request

Opera in a Trunk


Filled with hands-on instructional materials, this year’s four Opera in a Trunk programs include: Hansel and Gretel, Carmen, The Scarlet Letter and Opera for Beginners. The program includes an interactive presentation by an Opera Colorado Teaching Artist. To continue discovering the art form, classrooms then keep the trunk for one week. Educators are responsible for returning the trunk. A provided study guide supplements learning in the classroom.

Grade level: All ages
Offered: September-May, Tuesday-Friday
Cost: $100
Opera in a Trunk Program Request

Opera Colorado offers scholarships for schools or community organizations that qualify. You can download a form here:

School Scholarship                                           Community Scholarship