Become an “Insider.” Informative and engaging, Opera Talks gives you an insightful look at an upcoming production of the Sacramento Opera. Each Opera Talk is hosted by the General Director and features interactive discussions with conductors, stage directors, and singers, including a performance by one of the principal guest artists appearing in the production. Talks run from 60 to 90 minutes in length and take a fascinating, “behind-the-footlights” look at the world of opera.
- Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
- Puccini: The Man and His Muses & Gianni Schicchi, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Opera-Tunities for Youth
Opera-Tunities programs introduce students to the wonders of opera through a series of age-specific programs. In consultation with education specialists, artists and staff, Sacramento Opera has developed an inter-disciplinary program designed to introduce students to opera and to relate the art form to other core curriculum subjects including history, cultural studies, language and the visual arts.
Each participating school may be provided with:
- Outlines for activities and study areas
- Age-specific lesson plans
- Video/audio tape excerpt highlights of upcoming Sacramento Opera productions
- Other materials that may enhance the program including coloring pages, crossword puzzles and games, historical information and stories.
Program materials are designed to help classroom teachers use the study of the opera and visits by artists to relate to other classroom subjects. Teachers can use these materials to prepare the students for an Opera-Tunities visit by one or two professional singer(s) and a pianist. The artists perform and discuss operatic music, technique, the history and tradition of opera performance, production and career opportunities.
Fee: $300 per presentation. Limited to 300 students per presentation. Multiple presentation discounts are available by school and by school district.
Note: fee subsidy may be available for schools within the Sacramento Unified School district, and the Twin Rivers Unified School District through the “Any Given Child” initiative. To see if your school qualifies, contact Erika Kraft, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 916.808.3983.
Student Ticket Subsidy Program
The Student Ticket Subsidy Program was developed as a follow-up experience to the Opera-Tunities program or as a stand alone program for selected students in local middle and high schools, colleges and universities. Sacramento Opera provides opportunities for students to experience fully-staged, live opera in a theater setting. Tickets are offered at half-price and a limited number are offered free of charge to qualifying students accompanied to the performance by a parent or guardian. Tickets must be reserved and purchased in advance.
For more information call Mr. Gene Sirois, Patron Services Manager, at 916.737.1000.
Student Night at the Opera
Student Night at the Opera provides classroom teachers and their students access to the final dress rehearsal of the Sacramento Opera’s main stage productions at very low cost. The final dress rehearsal typically features a complete run through of the company’s upcoming production, including performances by opera singers and the Sacramento Philharmonic. Experience the thrill of live opera with the cast and chorus in full costume and makeup. Student Night at the Opera participants have a rare opportunity to experience set transformations and often have a chance to meet the stage director, conductor and some of the artists and crew. All productions feature projected English supertitles.
2012-2013 Student Night at the Opera
- Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00 pm, Community Center Theater
- Puccini: The Man and His Muses & Gianni Schicchi, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 7:00 pm
Reservations must be made in advance. For more information on these and other education programs, contact the Sacramento Opera at email@example.com or 916.737.1000.