Working from a belief that singing provides an extraordinary method through which one can learn letters ("Now I know my ABCs..."), numbers, and more, Pittsburgh Festival Opera's educational programs introduce students to voice types, rhythms, melodies, and movements, which combine to create vivid characters and exciting drama. 


Goldie B. Locks and the three singing bears

Music by Offenbach and Mozart, Libretto by John Davies

For grades K-5

This production offers a superb introductory opera for young audiences and a natural vehicle for literature, vocabulary, and musical styles and genres. The student performances will take place at Arsenal Middle School in early March 2018. The opera will then be revived as part of the company’s summer festival offerings in July 2018, with a performance each Saturday of the festival at 11:00 am. Don't miss this great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy opera together!

Participation for schools is completely free, thanks to our generous program sponsors below.


Elements of the Opera in the Schools Program

Teacher’s Study Guide
PFO provides teachers with materials to explore the opera.

Elementary School Workshops
PFO provides elementary schools with classroom visits prior to the production, presenting excerpts of the work with a singer and pianist to students.

Student Matinee Performances
Free student matinees take place at 9:45 am and 11:30 am, during a week to be specified in March. Each performance is be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

For more information, please contact Joel Goodloe at 412-621-1499 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Program Support

Major support for Opera in the Schools is provided by:

  • The Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation
  • Grable Foundation
  • PNC Charitable Trusts
  • PNC Foundation