School Programs

Central City Opera comes to your school! Our programs are designed to support academic standards and curriculum while engaging children with original, fast-paced and interactive storytelling through song. These engagement programs are designed to be performed in your space, in most areas of Colorado and southern Wyoming. We work directly with educators, community leaders, students and parents to make these offerings relevant, educational and entertaining. Pricing applies to seven counties within metro Denver; additional fees apply for locations outside this area. 

Please note that CCOs 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.

Due to COVID-19, these programs may not be currently available. Please see our Virtual Programming options instead or contact for more information.

How the West was Sung

Colorado history comes alive through the stories of Leadville Silver King Horace Tabor and his beautiful wife Baby Doe; Molly Brown, known as Unsinkable; Clara Brown, former enslaved person and Colorado pioneer; and other assorted western characters. 45 minutes with Q & A afterwards.

FEE: starts at $490. Scholarships available.

  • Grades K-8
  • Performed by 3 singers, narrator, and pianist
  • 50 minutes + 5-10 minute Q&A
  • $490 single/$590 double (back-to-back)*
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Music, Reading, Writing, History
  • Available year round — Scholarships available
  • Listen to: How the West was Sung title song


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.


FEE: Starts at $750. Scholarships available.

En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words

This 50-minute bilingual (Spanish-English) opera addresses the universal theme of coming of age, finding your own voice and learning who you are amid parental expectations and peer influences.

Fifteen-year-old Ana Maria feels stifled by her strict father; he is bewildered by her wish to be herself. Wise Abuela and brother Rodolfo try to help, but it takes a family crisis to bring father and daughter to the beginning of acceptance and understanding.

 FEE: starts at $750. Scholarships available.

  • Grades 6-12 and family audiences
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Music, Reading, Writing and Communicating, World Language, Social Studies, Theater — Resources and related lesson plans available online (English and Spanish) 
  • Listen to: En Mis Palabras, Scene 1


Bravi Tutti! Opera and Musical Theater Favorites

Enjoy a 40-minute concert with Q & A afterwards with the singers and pianist.

FEE: Starts at $400. Scholarships available.

“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.”


Morton Elementary, Pueblo

¡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.

FEE: Starts at $400. Scholarships available.

Yoga and the Voice Workshops/ Masterclasses with Ruth L. Carver

Teaching Artist Ruth L. Carver leads students in grades 7-12 through yoga workshops 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. Workshops can be customized to students’ needs. Available through a video conferencing platform for classes up to 15 students.

FEE: $150 per class. 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.” 


Kemp Elementary, Commerce City

Opera Up Close

In-depth explorations of opera and musical storytelling for smaller classroom settings. Free add-on to any school assembly program or $6 per student on its own. Spanish-speaking teaching artists are available to present to bilingual classrooms. Also available as a virtual option.

  • Grades K-12
  • Presented by one teaching artist (Spanish-speaking teaching artists available)
  • 45 minutes (includes Q & A)
  • $6 per student on its own; FREE add-on to any school assembly program
  • Intended for classroom-size audiences, max 35 students
  • Available year round 

Music! Words! Opera! Residency

Bring existing curriculum to life and empower your students to set their own stories to music with Music! Words! Opera! Nothing jumpstarts kids’ creative juices like the opportunity to write and perform their own musical story. The process of researching/scripting a story and writing/composing lyrics and music develops problem-solving and team skills while providing practical applications of core disciplines like math, reading/writing and social studies. Experienced teaching artists are available to assist in applying methods from Opera America’s Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. Available virtually or in-person. Multi-week timeline can be customized.

FEE: Varies (starting at $500). Scholarships available.

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

Skyline Vista Elementary