Opera à la Carte

The Elixir of Love

Bring the sights and sounds of opera to your school with an assembly featuring the performance of your own students alongside professional singers. The 45-minute adaptation of Donizetti's classic work reveals the heart of opera—an engaging story, brilliant music and lots of fun.


October 1, 2018-December 7, 2018. Preliminary preparation and teacher training begins in early September.

Student Participation

Student actors from grades 4–8 perform in supporting speaking and acting roles. Actors must be chosen and lines memorized at least two weeks before the assembly. Schools can also include a chorus. The final performance is attended by the entire school.

Information for Teachers

A designated school facilitator responsible for preparing students and confirming all details is required. Preliminary preparation and facilitator coaching begins in early September.


$425. Scholarships are available for qualifying schools.

The Hero's Journey

Many famous stories deal with trickery -- ways in which individuals seek magic or potions or other tokens to aid them -- yet along the way, true bravery is revealed, often having little to do with tricks or spells.

Learn more about the Opera Guild's Year of the Hero.

This program is made possible by the East Bay, Marin, Sonoma and Peninsula Chapters of San Francisco Opera Guild, and by the San Jose Opera Guild.