About the Program

Student Dress Rehearsals are an immersive way for students to go beyond an ordinary field trip to get an intimate experience with the Opera. This FREE program offers a rare opportunity for students to see the show before the public and without a large crowd for a more personal and meaningful experience.
Opera Omaha offers FREE tickets to students and chaperones our upcoming productions. Study guides and other resources are made available to help prepare students for their visit, and Opera Omaha provides Prelude Talk Speakers well versed in the themes and history of the opera to speak with students in advance of the rehearsal, so they have a richer understanding of the production and performance experience. Students get to see the elements of opera come together from the Director, Conductor, Singers, Symphony, Costume Designers, Stage Managers and all other technicians that make show go-on.
These experiences serve as an on-ramp for new opera fans being welcomed into the art form by caring professionals looking to be as inviting as possible to help dissolve the barriers that many perceive when thinking about these performances.

About the Operas

Don Pasquale

Student Dress Rehearsal Wednesday, October 25
An ideal intro to opera, this fast paced, witty, and frolicking opera is a delight for all audiences.
Don Pasquale is an Italian comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti. The story revolves around the elderly bachelor Don Pasquale, who decides to marry in order to disinherit his nephew, Ernesto, and punish him for refusing a marriage arranged by his uncle. With the help of the crafty Dr. Malatesta, Ernesto’s love, Norina, disguises herself as a shy and innocent woman, and “marries” Pasquale. However, once the fake papers are signed, Norina changes her persona into a controlling shrew causing chaos in his life. Eventually, Pasquale realizes his folly and the opera concludes with forgiveness and a happy ending for all involved.

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

Registration for Don Pasquale Open Now

La Traviata

Student Dress Rehearsal Wednesday, February 14
One of the most iconic operas of all time, this sumptuous piece displays the super-human strength of the human voice, and the human heart.
La Traviata is an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The opera follows the tragic life of Violetta, a beautiful and popular courtesan in Paris. Violetta meets and falls in love with Alfredo Germont, but their happiness is short-lived due to societal and familial pressures. Alfredo's father, Germont, convinces Violetta to sacrifice her love for the sake of his family's reputation. Heartbroken, Violetta denies Alfredo, causing him to seek revenge by publicly humiliating her. Violetta, on her deathbed, reconciles with Alfredo before succumbing to her illness.

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

El último sueño de Frida y Diego

Student Dress Rehearsal Wednesday, May 1
This contemporary opera is visually exquisite as it explores the surreal worlds of life, death, and art.
El último sueño de Frida y Diego is a Spanish opera by Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz. This new opera, which premiered in 2022, imagines the reconciliation of famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and muralist, Diego Rivera. On Día de los Muertos, Diego calls to his deceased wife in the underworld. Frida hesitates, recalling her life of physical and emotional pain, but decides to go back to earth for 24 hours, to return to her art. Together, Frida and Diego journey through their world of art, pain, and passion. As Diego dies, Frida assists him into the world of the dead.

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

All Dress Rehearsals are held in the evening at the Orpheum Theater.


You must register for each opera separately. (New this season)

Registrations for each opera will open no less than two months in advance.
Reservations must be made by teachers or program staff who will be accompanying students. Prior to requesting reservations, please review the frequently asked questions below.

Registration for Don Pasquale Open Now

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Frequently Asked Questions

This program is open to public or private schools, homeschools, or nonprofit organizations that serve K-12 and university students.
We recommend the student dress rehearsal experience for students in middle school and above. This season Don Pasquale is recommended for students in middle school and older, and La Traviata and El ultimo sueño de Frida y Diego are recommended for students and high school and older. Please contact Opera Omaha if you have specific questions about content or appropriateness.

Reservations must be made by teachers or program staff who will be accompanying students.
We are not able to accept individual registrations for Student Dress Rehearsals.

All student groups must be accompanied by a teacher and/or chaperone. One adult chaperone per every 10 students in attendance is required, regardless of the age/grade of students.

Register your students online
You will receive an email from Opera Omaha confirming your registration with a Student Dress Rehearsal Guide

Please be realistic in your registration numbers and let Opera Omaha know if you have significant changes to your numbers.

Registration closes 2 weeks prior to each dress rehearsal date, or when capacity is reached. Registration Deadlines:
Don Pasquale - Wednesday October 18, 2023
La Traviata - Wednesday, February 7, 2024
El ultimo sueño de Frida y Diego - Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Dress rehearsals take place at the Orpheum Theatre, 409 S 16th St, Omaha, NE 68102.

Groups are expected to arrive in the lobby area of the Orpheum Theater at 6:00pm. There is a Prelude Talk at 6:30pm, and Dress Rehearsals start at 7:00 p.m. Each opera is a different length.

Don Pasquale
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Arrival 6pm-6:30pm
Prelude Talk 6:30pm
Dress Rehearsal 7 – 9:45pm
Includes one 15 minute intermission at approximately 8:30pm

La Traviata
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Arrival 6-6:30pm
Prelude Talk 6:30pm
Dress Rehearsal 7 – 10:00pm
Includes one 15 minute intermission at approximately 8:30pm

El ultimo sueño de Frida y Diego
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Arrival 6-6:30pm
Prelude Talk 6:30pm
Dress Rehearsal 7-9:45pm
Includes one 15 minute intermission at approximately 8:30pm

In scheduling transportation back to your school, allow at least 15 minutes leeway in the length of the performance. As these are rehearsals, the conductor and/or stage manager may pause or stop to make adjustments during or after the performance.
Leaving at intermission is fine, but please make sure to let us know your plans so we can seat your group accordingly.

You can dress up or down, but make sure you wear something that makes YOU feel comfortable. Some people like to dress up to come to the opera, and some come in jeans.

Any changes in a school’s attendance status should be communicated to Opera Omaha. In the event Opera Omaha needs to make a change to a Student Dress Rehearsal due to weather or other circumstances you will be notified by email as soon as possible.

Resources for students and teachers

Opera Omaha prepares a study guide for each Student Dress Rehearsal, which includes information about attending an opera and the production, discussion questions, and a list of additional resources. The study guide is sent to teachers approximately three weeks in advance of the Student Dress Rehearsal.

Opera Omaha will offer a limited number of artist visits to those attending Don Pasquale Student Dress Rehearsals. Artist visits will take place the week following the performances, October 30-November 4. Based on your requests and the interests of your classroom, these can include musical performances, Q&A sessions, or discussion of life as an opera artist. If you are interested in an artist from the production visiting with your students, indicate that on your reservation and you will be contacted by a member of the Opera Omaha staff. Spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Prior to each Student Dress Rehearsal there is a Prelude talk in the balcony. These 20-minute talks give student audiences extra insight into the opera they are about to experience with information about the story, music, history and more.

Opera Omaha study guides and resources help align the Dress Rehearsal Experience with Nebraska’s Fine Arts Standards in Music and Theatre.


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