SFOpera - How Andy Found His Voice

How Andy Found His Voice

by Caroline Altman

A comic, yet poignant, operatic performance for students grades 4–10 that explores issues of bullying and personal identity while introducing the elements of opera. Four singers and one pianist present a 50-minute participatory musical play that follows Andy in his journey to discover his metaphorical and physical voice. During this delightful show, students are introduced to the origins and history of opera, are entertained by arias and duets from grand opera repertoire, learn about vocal technique and singing, and participate in singing ”Va Pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco.

Who It's For

Grades 4–10 in groups of 10–100. Single tickets are also available for individuals and families.


School Matinees on April 28, 2017 at 9:30am and 11:00am
Family Performance on April 29, 2017 at 10:00am


Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave


Single tickets are $10 each.

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School group pricing:

81-100 seats: $800
61-80 seats: $625
51-60 seats: $500
41-50 seats: $425
31-40 seats: $325
21-30 seats: $250
11-20 seats: $150
1-10 seats: $80

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Scholarships are available for qualifying schools.


Andy, a ninth-grader, is troubled. He is picked on in class and has a hard time making friends. During a test, he gets in trouble for cheating when really the other kids are copying off his paper. Too timid to stand up for himself, and afraid to confront the other kids at school, Andy returns home, dejected. That evening he is visited by three spirits who help him discover how music and stories can open a world of expression and joy to him. He, in turn, can help one of opera’s most famous leading ladies make better choices in her story. As he helps empower others, Andy finds his own glorious tenor voice and the confidence he needs to assert himself in his community.

Compassion Connection

While learning about opera, students also experience the importance of communication and how to speak up and value oneself. This story inspires greater empathy for both the bullied and the bully, and illuminates a valuable lesson about how art can help bring about personal and social change.

Find out more about the Opera Guild's Year of Compassion.