Opera in the Community

Opera Omaha’s Community Programs offer a wide variety of opportunities that go beyond the mainstage productions. Our vision is to make opera accessible to everyone in the community. Each year, our educational and community partnerships programs reach thousands of young students across the metropolitan area. Whether providing a free shuttle to the Orpheum Theater or delivering high-quality singing at our popular lunchtime preview performances, Opera Omaha is committed to making opera a part of everyone’s life. This is because we know that exceptional opera is truly one of the greatest and most impactful art forms in the world.


Make the most of your lunch hour.

(from left to right) pianist Eric Andries, tenor Andrew Bidlack, baritone John Moore and mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy performing in Midday Music (October 2015).

This series of FREE midday conversations hosted by opera directors and conductors, and featuring a performance by our principal artists, presents a 30-minute crash course into one of the operas featured in our season. This dialogue will provide the audience with a quick taste of the story and music behind the operas, along with some behind-the-scenes insight into our productions. An audience Q&A will follow each half-hour program. Tables will be set, so bring a meal and make the most your lunch hour!

This FREE community program occurs the Friday before opening night of our mainstage productions. A full schedule for the series includes:

Location: Opera Omaha Rehearsal Room, 1850 Farnam Street (entrance on S.19th Street) 
Hosted by: Director James Darrah
Performances by: Members of the cast of Semele

Join us for this free 30-minute crash course into Handel’s tragic opera, Semele. Director James Darrah will provide the audience with a quick taste of the story behind Handel's tragedy, and give some behind-the-scenes insight into his new Opera Omaha production. Featuring musical excerpts performed by the cast of Opera Omaha's production. An audience Q&A will follow this half-hour program. No reservations are necessary.

Tables will be set, so bring a meal and make the most of your lunch hour.

MIDDAY MUSIC: Barber of Seville (Fall 2015)



Save the date for National Opera Week 2016, which will take place from Friday, October 28 though Sunday, November 6, 2016.

National Opera Week 2015 was the biggest and farthest-reaching yet with more than 200 organizations and individuals from 41 states and provinces hosting 190 events, while many others attended Opera Week offerings and joined online discussions using #OperaWeek on Twitter. During this week-long celebration, Opera Omaha hosted a variety of free, dynamic community activities, which were enjoyed by novices, opera lovers and everyone in between.

We would like to give a special thanks to our National Opera Week 2015 partners: Film Streams, Omaha Children's Museum, Fontenelle Forest, House of Loom, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.



FREE EVENT- Opera Omaha celebrated an exhibit produced by local artists and inspired by our production of Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West.

Opera Omaha in a partnership with WhyArts? worked with teaching artist Paula Wallace in an art creation piece around The Girl of the Golden West with the residents of Quality Living, Inc. (QLI). This joint western-inspired exhibit featured the work of QLI’s residents along with those of Omaha area Girl Scouts and local artists John Miller, Dorothy Tuma, Kris Paddock Kahn, Robin Zagurski, Darcy Horn, John Prouty, Terry Koopman, Kristin Pluhacek and more.

Guests were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, grocery store gift cards or cash/check donations for the Food Bank collection at the exhibit.

Location: Hot Shops Art Center
1301 Nicholas Street, Omaha, NE 68102

This program was part of WESTWARD O!- a citywide arts festival celebrating the grit and grandeur of the American West. 


For High School singers, ages 13-17

Friday, January 22, 2016, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street


Opera Omaha's mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, featured in this February's opera, The Girl of the Golden West,  presented a master classes for high school students of the Omaha Conservatory of Music, focusing on the song and musical theater repertoire. Four singers were selected to participate in this free public event, which will be held at the Omaha Conservatory of Music at 7023 Cass Street - the Conservatory's new permanent home.

Mezzo-soprano ELISE QUAGLIATA returns to Opera Omaha after making her 2008 debut as Carmen (La tragédie de Carmen). She recently completed a North American and European tour with New York City Opera Renaissance in the title role of Carmen, and a run as Joan Clarke in Justine Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing at American Lyric Theater. Career highlights include Sister Helen (Dead Man Walking), Olga (Eugene Onegin) and the Muse/Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann) at Des Moines Metro Opera, Fricka in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre with Union Avenue Opera, Jo (Little Women), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and the title role of Carmen with Pensacola Opera, and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) with Florida Grand Opera. Upcoming engagements include Sister James in Douglas J. Cuomo's Doubt with Union Avenue Opera and the title role of Carmen with Utah Opera. Ms. Quagliata is a native of New York City.


7023 Cass Street
Omaha, NE 68132
Tel. (402) 932-4978
This program is part of OCM's 2015-16 Inside the Mind of the Artists series, which was made possible through generous support from Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Kids' Creations & The Magic Flute

November 1 through December 12, 2015
Creative Art Center, Omaha Children's Museum

A perfect way for the whole family to experience opera!


In celebration of a special holiday presentation of Mozart’s beloved opera, The Magic Flute, part of Opera Omaha & Film StreamsThe Met Live in HD series, children were invited to create their own Magic Flute-inspired puppet at the Omaha Children's Museum. Children who brought their puppets to The Magic Flute broadcast on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Film Streams received a complimentary fun-sized popcorn. The Magic Flute is a colorful abridged production, sung in English, and is an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to opera. Puppets were made in the Omaha Children's Museum's Creative Art Center from November 1 through December 12, 2015.

Learn more about the broadcast. Read our blog post why musical expression is important for kids.

This program was made possible through a collaboration with:



In November 2013, our ten student performances of Hansel & Gretel at the Scottish Rite delivered kid-friendly opera to nearly 8,000 students from elementary schools all over the Omaha metropolitan area. During our most recent season, more than 1,800 middle and high school students attended Opera Omaha performances, many for the first time.


Our Proud 2015-16 Season Community Partners:



















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