Through our Opera Tots program, many children in Pittsburgh schools have their first experiences with opera.

Learning through music is a time-honored and powerful educational tradition... how many of us learned our ABCs or historical events through melodies and rhythms? How is it that we still can recite these today, years (decades!) after first learning them?

By emphasizing the great storytelling opportunity in opera, the Opera Tots program invites children to learn melodies, dances, rhythms, characters, and story elements of the opera, with a goal of being able to engage their families in retelling the opera story. In 2017, students will enjoy learning about the characters, actions, movements, and motivations found in Hansel and Gretel, in both classroom workshops and a public performance for the whole family.


An opera is a story and all of the words are sung!


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Family Performance

Enjoy a family-friendly 45-minute performance followed by fun table activities.The performance, sung by professional opera singers from Pittsburgh Festival Opera, features Valerie Hosler, Lori Carrau, Jen Weber, Jesse Davis, and Ms. Anqwenique Wingfield. Young audience members will be invited to sing and dance along with the cast. Stay after the show for crafts, snacks, and pictures with the performers.


Saturday 13 May 2017
10:30 am


St. Benedict the Moor School
631 Watt Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


This event is FREE, but please reserve a ticket by Friday 12 May online, or by calling 412-326-9687.

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Program Support

Major support for Opera Tots! is made possible by:

PNC Foundation
The Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation
PNC Charitable Trusts
Sylvia and Martin Snow Charitable Foundation Fund


For more information, please contact Education Director Anqwenique Wingfield at 412-621-1499 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.