Opera Education Resource Materials

The San Francisco Opera Education Department and San Francisco Opera Guild offer Education Materials to help teachers connect opera performances to their classroom curriculum.  Please see both sections below to find the appropriate materials for your classroom.

San Francisco Opera Educator and Family Resource Materials

The San Francisco Opera Education Department provides resource materials and plenty of ideas for teachers to connect dress rehearsals and Opera DVDs for Schools to their curriculum – for multiple learning goals of Grade K through 12 students. The resource materials may also be used by families who wish to learn more about opera together.  Please click on the appropriate opera selection below.

2013-14 Season Operas

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner

Show Boat by Jerome Kern

Operas from Prior Seasons (in alphabetical order)

The Abduction from the Seraglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Capulets and the Montagues by Vincenzo Bellini

Carmen by Georges Bizet

Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cyrano de Bergerac by Franco Alfano

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti (Movie)

Faust by Charles Gounod

The Girl of the Golden West by Giacomo Puccini

Lohengrin by Richard Wagner

Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Moby-Dick by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi

The Secret Garden by Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison

Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

Support for the 2013-2014 San Francisco Opera Education Department’s ARIA (Arts Resources In Action) school programs has been provided by our lead sponsor Union Bank. Additional program support also generously provided by the George T. Cameron Educational Foundation, Robert and Laura Cory, Kristina Flanagan, Richard and Elizabeth Fullerton Family Foundation, Gap Foundation, Kaiser Permanente; Loomis, Sayles & Company, LP; the Michelson Family Foundation, Wells Fargo and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Union Bank


San Francisco Opera Guild Educator Resource Materials

Supplementary educational materials are designed to be used by teachers in the classroom, as preparation for their students’ experience with opera. Guides include synopsis, composer/librettist histories, thematic information, classroom discussion prompts and activities, and opera basics.

Teacher's Guides for Sing a Story
Hansel and Gretel
The Magic Flute
Das Rheingold

Teacher's Guides for Opera a la Carte
The Barber of Seville

Teacher's Guides for Dress Rehearsals: 2013-2014
The Flying Dutchman
The Barber of Seville
Show Boat

Teacher's Guides for Dress Rehearsals: Past Years
The Bonesetter's Daughter (Stewart Wallace)
Boris Godunov (Modest Mussorgsky)
Daughter of the Regiment (Gaetano Donizetti)
Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
The Elixir of Love (Gaetano Donizetti)
Faust (Charles Gonoud)
The Girl of the Golden West (Giacomo Puccini)
La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)
La Rondine (Giacomo Puccini)
Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi)
Madame Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)
The Magic Flute (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Otello (Giuseppe Verdi)
Porgy and Bess (George and Ira Gershwin)
The Rake's Progress (Igor Stravinsky)
Samson and Delilah (Camille Saint-Saëns)

For more information contact our Education Departments:
San Francisco Opera: 415-551-6296
San Francisco Opera Guild: 415-565-3280