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Opera can easily be integrated into your classroom. These online resources, designed for all grade levels, are designed to help educators connect specific opera performances to classroom curriculum.
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Romeo and Juliet
The Marriage of Figaro
Hansel and Gretel
The Elixir of Love
Girl of the Golden West
The Barber of Seville
The Magic Flute
Aida Educator Materials
Verdi’s grand Egyptian epic returns in a bold new production inspired by contemporary artist RETNA. An intimate love story of an Egyptian military hero, Radames, and a captured Ethiopian princess, Aida.
Arabella Educator Materials
Arabella is expected to marry for money to save her aristocratic parents from ruin, but she yearns for a soulmate. When she finally meets him, a case of mistaken identity leads to a mix-up that could ruin everything. A romantic comedy of errors set amid the society parlors and costume balls of Vienna’s golden age.
Billy Budd Educator Materials
When young Billy is pressed into naval service aboard the H.M.S. Indomitable, the recruit’s youth and innocence arouse devotion from the crew, but a commanding officer’s suspicions and dark desire threaten to throw order into chaos.
Carmen Educator Materials
Seville is a powder keg about to explode: A swirling chorus of factory workers and townsfolk come head to head. A fiery bullfighter entertains a lively crowd. A good soldier wavers between defiance and honor. At the center of it all is Carmen, a free-spirited seductress who is driven by her heart's desire.
Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci Educator Materials
In a tight knit community, secret loves lead to fateful consequences. For the first time in 15 years, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci return in a gripping double feature seething with the raw passion, jealousy and heartbreak that can only result from a scandalous, small-town affair.
Cinderella Educator Materials
With an open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives.
Das Rheingold Educator MaterialsScorned by three beautiful Rhinemaidens, the dwarf Alberich renounces love and steals the Rhine’s magical gold to forge a ring granting its bearer absolute power.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Educator Materials
In his comic masterpiece, Wagner set aside gods and goddesses to tell a touchingly human story about the power of art.
Die Walküre Educator MaterialsThe chief god Wotan fathers the hero Siegmund to regain control of the ring. But, when confronted with the futility of his dream, Wotan is forced to forsake not only his son but also his beloved daughter, the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde.
Don Carlo Educator Materials
At the time of Spain’s brutal Inquisition, the king of Spain marries the woman his son loves and sets into motion a tension-filled chain of events.
Don Giovanni Educator MaterialsMozart’s smart and otherworldly take on Don Juan explores the darker side of the legend, delivering a brilliant flirtation between comedy and tragedy, lust and logic, pleasure and pain.
Don Pasquale Educator Materials
Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, Donizetti’s boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina.
Dream of the Red Chamber Educator Materials
One of China’s greatest classical novels—as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West—recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a beautiful heiress.
Elektra Educator Materials
In the wake of the Trojan War, Elektra’s world has come unmoored. When her desire for justice becomes a blood lust, she pushes her fractured family to the brink of destruction.
Girl of the Golden West Educator Materials
In opera’s version of a classic Western, we meet a crafty criminal, a suspicious sheriff and a tough frontier woman with a tender heart. The dramatic love triangle is set in California during the GoldRush.
Girls of the Golden West Educator Materials
Sourced from historical writings, this world premiere opera follows four remarkable characters who flock to Gold Country hoping to strike it rich but are quickly caught up in the optimism, greed and prejudices of a rapidly changing world.
Götterdämmerung Educator MaterialsAs the end nears for the gods, and human ambition rules the world, Alberich’s son Hagen hatches a plot to take control of the ring, threatening the union of Siegfried and Brünnhilde. Fueled by greed, Hagen’s actions lead to chaos and destruction, until Brünnhilde steps forward to return the world to its natural order.
Hansel and Gretel Educator Materials
Enter a magical forest where the trees are older than time, fairies lurk in the shadows, and a house of candy sits alone amidst the trees. Experience this cherished musical fairy tale in a charming new co-production with London’s Royal Opera.
It's a Wonderful Life Educator Materials
George Bailey stands on a snowy bridge at Christmas and contemplates his end. An angel training for her wings hears his plea and journeys through his memories to save his soul. Based on Frank Capra’s beloved film, this timeless story of second chances debuts just in time for the holiday season.
La Bohème Educator MaterialsWhen Rodolfo meets Mimì, the two young lovers are consumed by passion. The world’s most beloved and influential opera invites us into one of the most tragic romances of all time.
La Traviata Educator MaterialsWhen the glamorous but fragile seductress Violetta Valéry and her admirer Alfredo Germont find love, it seems nothing can keep them apart. But the rules of society and family expectations betray them, and Violetta’s fate takes a tragic turn.
Lucia di Lammermoor Educator Materials
A father’s betrayal. A daughter’s sacrifice. Longing only for love, a brave young woman sacrifices her own happiness in a desperate attempt to save her father’s life.
Madame Butterfly Educator Materials
Cultures clash when a trusting young geisha marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini’s gut-wrenching music takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale.
Manon Educator Materials
Composed at the height of the Belle Epoque, Jules Massenet’s bright, sensual opera follows a pair of not-so-innocent young lovers as they tangle with the toast of Paris, inviting dangerous consequences.
Manon Lescaut Educator Materials
The early opera that skyrocketed Puccini to success, Manon Lescaut brings Italian passion to the tale of a young woman’s conflicted search for satisfaction. Too easily seduced by luxury, Manon leaves her true love for a wealthy older man only to realize her childish mistake …but it may be too late.
Orlando Educator Materials
Trapped inside his war-torn mind in a military hospital during WWII, the pilot Orlando can't tell reality from delusion. As he struggles to trust his own perceptions and journey to a clearer world, his trauma ricochets on the people around him—putting love and honor to the test.
Rigoletto Educator MaterialsA curse shatters the lives of the hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto and his innocent daughter, Gilda.
Roberto Devereux Educator Materials
Queen Elizabeth's rule over her nation is ironclad, but a secret passion threatens to consume her. At court, the Earl of Essex faces whispers of treason amidst rumors about his relationship with the Queen. She must decide whether to sign his death warrant in an impossible choice between love and country.
Romeo and Juliet Educator Materials
Despite the senseless, bloody conflict between their warring families, two young lovers from opposite sides of the tracks commit to each other in life and death. Experience the rush of first love in one of the most epic tragic romances of literature.
Rusalka Educator Materials
The sea-princess Rusalka wants nothing more than to live on land with the Prince. To get her wish, she agrees to a fateful spell by a sea witch. In Dvořák’s hands, the timeless fairy tale of a mermaid, who trades her voice for love, is rendered in a powerful, otherworldly fable—a drama of shadowy depths, fervent love songs and endings that may not be what they seem.
Siegfried Educator MaterialsA generation has passed as the cycle’s third opera opens on a despoiled world. Raised by the deceitful dwarf Mime, Siegfried—the mortal son of Siegmund and Sieglinde—rebuffs authority as he wins the ring and forges his own path to the extraordinary woman who awaits him.
Sweeney Todd Educator Materials
A bloody good story. Exiled by a corrupt judge, a wronged barber returns to Dickensian London to quench his thirst for vengeance.
The Barber of Seville Educator Materials
Cunning, clever, and big-hearted, Figaro is precisely the sort of person you want as a friend.
The Elixir of Love Educator Materials
In this delightful comedy, the course of true love is made smooth by a “magic” potion. The production is set in Napa Valley circa 1915.
The Fall of the House of Usher Educator Materials
Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic tale about a decaying castle inhabited by a tormented man and his sickly sister comes to life—twice!
The Magic Flute Educator Materials
In a fantastical world of ferocious dragons and enchanted musical instruments, a noble prince sets out to rescue a beautiful princess and ensure the triumph of truth and justice.
The Marriage of Figaro Educator Materials
The Marriage of Figaro has been called a perfect opera—an irresistible mix of comedy and drama that delivers insight into the heart and soul of everyday life through a sublime score and compelling characters. Through the genius of Mozart, a joyous comedy exposes the universal truths and complexities of human relationships.
The Triplets of Belleville Educator Materials
Be transported to 1920s Paris and Le Jazz Hot as composer-conductor Benoît Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original score during a screening of Sylvain Chomet's beloved animated film.
Tosca Educator Materials
Corruption permeates every corner of Rome under Scarpia, the chief of police. When the fiery diva Tosca finds herself the target of his lust, she takes a stand in the name of all she holds sacred—art, freedom and a boundless commitment to love.
Turandot Educator Materials
Turandot—a cold-hearted but exquisitely beautiful princess who challenges her suitors to a deadly game of wits. Only Calaf, an exiled prince, is hot-blooded enough to crack her icy veneer.