Education Newsletter August 2022

Aug 24, 2022


Free Student Dress Rehearsals and Artist Visit Registration Now Open!

Go beyond the ordinary field trip experience. Student Dress Rehearsals at Opera Omaha offer students a deep, meaningful encounter with all the elements that bring productions to the stage. Experience how a show is fine-tuned while watching many of the professional artists, technicians, and managers in action.

All dress rehearsals start with a prelude talk and teachers are provided a study guide in advance, which helps connect the dress rehearsal experience to Nebraska Fine Arts Education Standards in music and theatre.

Not to mention, Opera Omaha is proud to be able to offer our students and chaperones this amazing opportunity for FREE!

X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Through a series of vignettes, X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X outlines the life of Malcolm X from boyhood to his assassination in 1965, discovering the past, present and future vision of “a prophet in search of a Black utopia, charting a course for the future”.

Sung in English with English supertitles | New Production | Recommended for students in high school and older

Suor Angelica
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Puccini’s heart wrenching one-act opera.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles | Recommended for students in high school and older.

The Marriage of Figaro
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is beloved, one of the world’s most popular and frequently performed operas. Mix-ups, mistaken identities, and secrets fly fast through this iconic tale of love, seduction, and guile.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles | Recommended for students in middle school and older

Artist Visits and Masterclasses
Classroom visits or masterclasses with artists from the opera may also be available, priority is given to those who are participating in Student Dress Rehearsals. Please indicate interest when registering for Student Dress Rehearsals.


If you need transportation to Dress Rehearsals, consider the Nebraska Arts Council School Bus for the Arts Grants.

All Dress Rehearsals are at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha and have a 6pm arrival for schools. Tickets are FREE but must be reserved no less than 2 weeks in advance. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and may close early due to capacity.

Poetry & Music Project

Stay Tuned for This Year’s Themes and More Information Coming Soon!
Poetry & Music Project will be back for the 6th year! Poetry submissions and writing workshop registration opens in September.


Other Resources for Educators

Highlighted below are a few online resources for opera learning from our opera education colleagues across the country.

When Marian Sang is an award-winning illustrated book that tells the true story of Marian Anderson, an American contralto. Watch this filmed reading with interspersed recorded performances highlighting the musical moments throughout the book. With complimentary activities to help enhance and reinforce the video experience.

Recommended for Elementary Age Students.


From the Kennedy Center
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's timeless fairytale about life, love, loss, and the power of memory. Loved by children and grown-ups alike for its simple language, vivid illustrations and enduring message of finding joy even in the saddest of times. This online lesson includes performance videos woven with descriptions, and activities and questions to consider.

Recommended for Elementary and Middle School Age Students.



Opera Omaha is dedicated to empowering school communities to provide arts learning opportunities for all students. If you have questions or suggestions about how we could make the Student Dress Rehearsals or opera more engaging for your students, please let us know!

For more information please contact:
Lauren Medici, Director of Engagement Programs
(402) 346-7372

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