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. Normally, 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. However, this year all performances will be virtual viewings of the performance followed by a Q&A session with the director and performers to offer students further opportunities to enhance their understanding of the process.


Your virtual visit will be scheduled with your assigned Teaching Artist in April or May that is convenient for you classroom, and they will guide you to when it will be convenient to show the production film followed by a live Q & A with select members of the cast and crew.


CENDRILLON by Pauline Viardot and adaptation by Seamus Ricci

The epitome of fairy tales, Cendrillon in French translates to Cinderella who is quite content caring for her two sisters now that they no longer have mother and father looking after them. While Cendrillon may be happy with her position, she does feel that there is someone who believes in the goodness and joy in the world. With a little help from La Fee (The Fairy), Cendrillon goes on a journey to find true love and joy.


Stephanie Ramos (Cendrillon)

Emily Gallagher (Maguelonne)

Franklin Mosley (Armelinde)

George Milosh (Prince Charming)



Justine Lucero (Director)

Rob Frankenberry (Music Director, Orchestrator, Conductor)

Iain Crammond (Video & Audio Engineer and Editor)

Lindsay Lehman (Artistic Administrator)

Calista Martin-Singer (Assistant Stage Manager)

★ This program is provided at NO COST for Pittsburgh Public Schools.
  • Jan 11th: Registration opens
  • January & February: Teaching Artist Virtual Introduction Session
  • April & May: Schedule through your Teaching Artist when you would like to schedule your virtual view of our production of CENDRILLON

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