Opera in the Neighborhood

Grade Level: K – 5th Grade
Duration: Teaching Artist visit 30 – 40 mins
Opera Performance 45 – 60 mins

Through our Opera in the Neighborhood program, children in local elementary schools are provided with an introduction to the world of opera. The process begins with a school visit from a Pittsburgh Festival Opera Teaching Artists, who will engage students with an introduction to opera, voice types, musical styles, dramatic conventions, and ways of telling stories through music. The program then culminates with a fully-staged, age-appropriate opera performance. Students from classrooms across the city come to an auditorium for a performance, which allows them to witness firsthand the ways that various elements come together to tell a story through music. A Q&A session with the director and performers offer students further opportunities to enhance their understanding of the process.

★ This program is provided at NO COST for Pittsburgh Public Schools.
  • December 1st: Registration opens
  • January & February: School visits scheduled
  • March: Opera in the Schools Week. Performances TBD

Applicants need the following information to complete the online application:

  • School, teacher and arts liaison contact information
  • Principal contact information and consent to apply
  • Number of students and teachers planning to attend the performance

Registration Form

Student & Parent Portal

Educator Portal

Teaching Artist Portal

To request portal access, additional questions or support please contact:

Seamus Ricci
Director of Education