Education & Community Engagement

Mission

A core mission of The Atlanta Opera is to provide opportunities for students of all ages – we believe opera is for everyone and we are committed to ensuring that the art form is available to the widest possible cross-section of our community. Each year, our education programs serve more than 37,000 students in Metro Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. Our programs seek to inspire creativity, stimulate critical conversations, promote an enduring appreciation of the arts, and create audiences for the future.

Program Overview

IN-SCHOOL  & VIRTUAL OFFERINGS
Bring The Atlanta Opera to your school or community venue


FIELD TRIPS & STUDENT TICKETS AT THE COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
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Virtual Workshops & Residencies

Bring The Atlanta Opera into your classroom with our new virtual offerings! Custom workshops and masterclasses offered in-person or via teacher’s preferred online platform. Taught by teaching artists and staff, suggested topics include Introduction to Opera, Operatic Voice Types, History of Opera, and Careers in the Arts, Lighting Design and Props. Additional programs include Opera Storytime for young learners and Masterclasses with The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists.

Contact education@atlantaopera.org to find out more about how these interactive programs can be customized to your needs.

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Studio Tour

2021-22 The Pirates of Penzance Studio Tour

Grades K-12 | On Tour January – May 2022
Running Time: 40 minutes, followed by a 5-minute Q&A with the performers

Designed to travel, Studio Tour productions are presented in schools and community venues across the state of Georgia each season. Educators are provided with comprehensive guides which feature lesson plans and activities corresponding to the Georgia Standards of Excellence.

This season’s Studio Tour brings to life Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operettas, The Pirates of Penzance, as a special 40-minute version for students! Frederic, apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted pirates, leaves his cohorts on his 21st birthday and falls instantly in love with Mabel, the daughter of a modern Major-General. Their fate is tested through an adventure of hilarious hijinks and tongue-twisting patter songs, as romance blossoms, loyalty is put to the test, and mistakes are forgiven.

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Tapestry

For Grades 3-8 | Available year-round
Running Time:
Flexible, workshops usually last around 1 hour

Created by teaching artists Jayme Alilaw and Brittney Boykin, The Atlanta Opera presents Tapestry: A Historical Journey Through Song, is an interactive workshop that explores the origins of African American spirituals and the musical and literary elements that comprise them. The workshop features a live performance, storytelling, and culminates with students creating their own modern-day spirituals. Also available as a four week in-classroom residency.

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Workshops

All Ages | Available year-round
Running Time:
Flexible – workshops usually around 1 hour

Custom workshops and masterclasses are offered in-person or via the teacher’s preferred online platform. Taught by teaching artists and staff, suggested topics include Introduction to Opera, Operatic Voice Types, History of Opera, Careers in the Arts, and Lighting Design and Props. Additional programs include Opera Storytime for young learners and Masterclasses with The Atlanta Opera Studio Artists. Available year-round for schools, camps, youth groups, and interested adults.

Contact education@atlantaopera.org to find out more about how these interactive programs can be customized to your needs.

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Masterclasses

Designed specifically to heighten the art of vocal music, masterclasses bring professional artists to work with students on solo or ensemble repertoire, musicality, diction, and interpretation.

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Final Dress Rehearsal Program

Final Dress Rehearsal Program
Grades 5 – 12
Free  |  Advance registration required  |  Limited tickets available

The Atlanta Opera invites students and educators to Final Dress Rehearsals at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre during the 2020-21 season. Enjoy a full performance as the music, staging and lighting are rehearsed for the last time before opening night! Early application submission is encouraged – we anticipate the allotment of tickets to sell out for each rehearsal.

Applications for tickets will be available on October 13, 2021

2020-21 Final Dress Rehearsals:
Handel’s Julius Caesar on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 at 7 pm
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 at 7 pm
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7 pm

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For more information on any of these programs, please call 404-881-8801.

Study Guides

Study Guides from past Studio Tours
Hansel and Gretel (2019-20)
The Barber of Seville (2018-19)
The Magic Flute (2017-18)
Cinderella
(2016-17)

General Study Guides
Opera 101

Listen to past Pre-Show Talks
Carmen (Bizet)
The Daughter of the Regiment
(Donizetti)
The Flying Dutchman
(Wagner)
Turandot (Puccini)
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)

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Booking & Information
For more information, please contact education@atlantaopera.org.