Central City Opera’s programs are designed to support academic standards and curriculum while engaging students with original, fast-paced and interactive storytelling through song. These engagement programs are designed to come to you, in all areas of Colorado and Wyoming. We work directly with educators, community leaders, students and parents to make these offerings relevant, educational and entertaining.

To request a program, contact us at 303-331-7026,  education@centralcityopera.org or through our online form. Prices listed are for the Denver metro area; contact us for a touring quote.

HOW THE WEST WAS SUNG (Grades 3-8)

Along with dreams, they brought their songs; that’s how the west was sung.”

No Wii? No iPod? No reality TV? Find out what the pioneers and miners of the frontier West did for fun in this 45 minute performance. The adventurous lives of Colorado historical figures Molly Brown, Horace and Baby Doe Tabor and Clara Brown make great opera stories!

  • Grades 3-8
  • Performed by 3 singers, narrator, and pianist
  • 50 minutes + 5-10 minute Q&A
  • $450 single/$550 double (back-to-back)
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Music, Reading, Writing, History — Resources and related lesson plans available online 
  • Available year round — Scholarships available

EN MIS PALABRAS/IN MY OWN WORDS (Grades 6-12)

“I’ll never be free unless I dare to be me.”

An original one-act bilingual opera, En Mis Palabras addresses the univeral theme of adolescent development — finding your own voiceand 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. A bilingual resource guide and lesson plans explores cultural and family traditions, immigration and Latino history in Colorado and includes lesson plans in language arts and social studies.

  • Grades 6-12 and family audiences
  • Performed by 4 singers, pianist and classical guitarist
  • 50 minutes + 10 minute Q&A
  • $650 for one performance
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Music, Reading, Writing and Communicating, World Language, Social Studies, Theater — Resources and related lesson plans available online (English and Spanish) 
  • Available year round — Scholarships available

ALL-ACCESS DAY CAMP (Grades 7-12)

Students who love to perform will dig deep to develop skills in acting, dance/movement, vocal technique and composition in these summer workshops in residence in Colorado Springs and/or Central City.

Thursday through Saturday, July 29 – 31, 2016  – Grades 7-12

Spend 3 days and 2 nights in Central City with an “all-access pass” to Central City Opera.  Participate in master classes in singing, stage combat, and movement taught by internationally-acclaimed musicians and master teachers.  Go behind the scenes and observe a rehearsal, shadow the production departments (such as Wig, Makeup, Costume, and Props), and have the opportunity to meet the singers and actors of the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States…right in your own backyard! [Details]

OPERA ALIVE TEACHING ARTISTS (Grades K-12)

My students are always so highly energized after your workshop! They work harder, they are more focused, and they sing better. I want this on my school calendar annually!” – Choral Director, Estes Park High School

Producing opera requires knowledge and experience from many different fields. Call on Central City Opera’s Teaching Artists to help augment your curriculum in STEM subjects, music, dance, theater and world languages. Students gain confidence and technique in workshops or master classes in singing, instrumental music, composition, stagecraft, movement or any other related activity. Master classes can include a short performance by artists followed by individual or group coaching.

Two popular STEM workshops are Science of Singing (led by a Doctor of Singing) where students watch and experience how sound waves and harmonics are produced and manipulated by the human voice and Cooking and Fractions (led by a CCO orchestra musician who is a chef) where students apply various math techniques to recipes and discover how bodies are instruments that need to be fueled.

  • Suitable for classrooms — Adaptable to Grade
  • Personnel varies
  • Length varies according to program and needs of classroom
  • Cost varies
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Varies — Resources and related lesson plans available online
  • Available year round — Scholarships available

Opera on the Go (All Ages)

Central City Opera Ensemble Artists make the glory of opera available anytime, anywhere — from a speaker or one singer and pianist up to a 90-minute staged program with multiple performers. Contact us to book a program just right for any occasion. [Details]

MUSIC! WORDS! OPERA! RESIDENCY (Grades K-12)

“The experience of building an opera and performing it was life changing for many of my fifth grade students.” – Music Teacher, Southmoor Elementary, Denver

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. Teachers must participate in our Music! Words! Opera! Workshop in order to qualify for this program.

  • Suitable for classrooms — Adaptable to Grade
  • Personnel varies
  • Length varies according to program and needs of classroom
  • Cost varies
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Varies — Resources and related lesson plans available online
  • Available year round — Scholarships available

You may also want to check out our Summer Festival Family Matinee and year-round  family-friendly events.

To request a program, contact us at 303-331-7026,  education@centralcityopera.org or through our online form.