School Programs

Central City Opera comes to your school! Our programs are designed to support academic standards and curriculum. They are portable and able to be performed in your space, in most areas of Colorado and southern Wyoming. We also work directly with educators, community leaders, students and parents to curate offerings that are relevant, educational and entertaining to your audience.

For pricing please contact education@centralcityopera.org for more information.

Please note that CCO’s fees reflect the cost of the teaching artist or performer. Central City Opera is committed to providing scholarships to schools and community organizations that request financial aid for any reason.

“Before your wonderful performance I personally did not think I would enjoy the opera.  As soon as I walked into the gym I just knew you were going to be great.  You were very funny and taught me a lot. You did things that blew my mind.  I really want to thank you for all the happiness and joy you brought to our school.”

Student

Morton Elementary, Pueblo

Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World

This new 30-minute opera premiered in 2019, commissioned by Fort Worth Opera and written by Joe Illick and Mark Campbell. It tells the true story of a Mexican girl named Mariana, who asks the famous painter Frida Kahlo to paint her portrait. Mariana learns about Frida’s experiences and is inspired to live bravely and boldly, just like Frida. Post-show interactive activities enrich the experience for students and families.

Price - $800 for 1 performance or $1200 for an additional back-to-back performance. Scholarships available.

   

Chiaroscuro

Operatic stories do not shy away from topics of suicide, trauma, bullying, isolation, and challenging social dynamics and relationships. Chiaroscuro, CCO’s new pilot program for adolescent audiences, hopes to present, identify, and destigmatize mental health issues through the performance of operatic stories.

Price: TBD - Pilot Program Phase

¡Fiesta! Spanish-language opera, zarzuela, and art song

Celebrate Latinx and Hispanic heritage with this 30 to 40 minute concert of Spanish-language opera, zaruzuela and art song. Q & A afterwards with the artists.

Price - $300 for a 2-person performance + $200 for any additional artists

 

Musical Menagerie: Songs about Animals

Experience a delightful concert of songs and duets about different animals performed in a variety of languages combining classical singing and puppets.

Price - $600 for 1 performance + $200 for an additional back-to-back performance

¡Fiesta! Spanish-language opera, zarzuela, and art song

Celebrate Latinx and Hispanic heritage with this 30 to 40 minute concert of Spanish-language opera, zaruzuela and art song. Q & A afterwards with the artists.

Price - $300 for a 2-person performance + $200 for any additional artists

 

Music Words Opera - Residencies

guidingstudents in the process of creating and producing musicalstorytelling. Students will create scripts and songs, staging,and learn both on-stage and off-stage skills,
and concludethe residency with a performance that they will present totheir community. This program can be tailored to upperelementary school and beyond.

Price - $800 flat rate or mini residencies for $500

Opera Up Close

In-depth explorations of opera and musical storytelling for smaller classroom settings. Spanish-speaking teachingartists are available to present to bilingual classrooms. Also available as a virtual option. Some recent lecture topics have included Spanish language song and Mindfullness Practices.

Price - Starting at $250

 

Opera Storytime

Enjoy a sampling of storytelling and singing with a real-life opera singer in your classroom and engage your students in interactive and physical play. Contact us for current offerings.

Price - $150 for 3 back-to-back classes (3 performances) 

 

Opera on-the-Go

Enjoy a 40-minute concert of opera and musical theatrefavorites with a Q & A afterwards with the singers andpianist. Songs about nature, songs about liberty, songs bywomen composers, etc.

Price - Starting at $400. Scholarships available.

2024 Festival

Discover the rich tapestry of love, drama, and community at Central City Opera’s captivating 2024 Festival, June 29 through August 4. Experience the timeless hilarity of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance, savor the grandeur of Puccini’s beloved The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) and embrace the heart and soul of Kurt Weill’s iconic American opera, Street Scene.

Mindfulness, Music, and the Voice

Teaching Artist leads students through yoga postures designed to enhance students’ social emotional understanding, of the mind/body/spirit connection, and confidence in unleashing their own authentic voice and increase awareness of alignment and posture. Workshops can be customized to students’ needs. Available through a video conferencing platform for classes up to 15 students.

Price - Starting at $250. Scholarships available.

“The teaching artist took the time to listen to the students interests and questions.  She was engaging and seamlessly integrated her planned presentation with the students questions…The videos enthralled the students.” 

Teacher

Kemp Elementary, Commerce City

The students were so surprised and awestruck. We had mini operas in all classes -with multiple conflicts and usually happy resolutions!

Teacher

Skyline Vista Elementary

Free Content

Central City Opera House Coloring Pages

Discover the historic Central City Opera House, built in 1878 by Welsh and Cornish miners, through coloring book pages. Suitable for all ages. Available for free download here.

Historic Scavenger Hunt with Limerick Writing Activity

History and Language Arts come together in this fun activity for students in grades 6-9. With clues written in Limerick form, discover Colorado’s historic Central City on a virtual scavenger hunt, then write your own limericks. Available for free download here.

Yoga and the Voice

Free videos of individual yoga exercises by Teaching Artist Ruth L. Carver, designed to enhance students’ understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection and confidence in unleashing their own authentic voice and increase awareness of alignment and posture: Watch here.

Opera Trivia “Jeopardy” Style

Test your knowledge of opera and historic Central City through trivia games. Available for free here and here.

Opera Up Close Video Playlist

Discover the rich spectrum of operatic voices through a curated YouTube playlist. Videos feature a diverse range of artists, languages and productions. A free downloadable PDF with detailed descriptions, “write-your-own-review” activity and guided questions accompanies the playlist. Available here.

Central City Opera Podcast

Central City Opera Podcast

Have you ever wanted to sit down with a Central City Opera singer, director, conductor, orchestra musician, or production staff member and get to know them (and what they do) a little better? You’re in luck – our podcast features interviews with artists and others involved in our operas. This is a great way for students to find out more about careers in opera and other performing arts. Downloading the episodes is easy, free, and fast, and you’ll be glad you did. Find out more here: ccopodcast.org.

Thank you to the Xcel Energy Foundation for their generous support of our Education and Community Engagement programs!