Through a partnership with Pittsburgh's School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Pittsburgh Festival Opera helps brings the experience of opera to middle- and high-school students, both as performers and audience members.
CAPA students in the vocal music track present an age-appropriate opera each year, with a stage director provided by Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Recent productions have included Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan, Daron Hagen's Little Nemo in Slumberland, and Lukas Foss' Griffelkin.
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 is a Creative and Performing Arts Magnet school located in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown cultural district. In 2009, CAPA was awarded the Blue Ribbon as a school of Distinction by the Department of Education.
The mission of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 is to provide every student in grades 6-12 with a comprehensive academic program rooted in a superior quality arts education experience that encourages excellence and success in their personal development as artists and cultural leaders. CAPA 6-12 offers a challenging and integrated curriculum that equally provides world-class preparation for college and university study, and conservatory level preparation for artistic careers.
The environment at CAPA 6-12 is enhanced by partnerships and collaborations with local and national cultural organizations and universities that provide opportunities in which to explore the relationships between school, family and work. In 2014, US News and World Report named CAPA in the Top 20 of Best High Schools in Pennsylvania. Acceptance is based upon an off-site application and completion of a successful audition or presentation of an acceptable portfolio. Students may choose intensive artistic instruction in one of eight art forms: dance, instrumental music, literary arts, piano, production technology, theater, visual arts, and vocal music.
Explore Pittsburgh CAPA 6–12 at their website.