Fall 2020 Virtual Programs

This year is going to be different. But what has not changed is Central City Opera’s commitment to you:  We are here to educate and entertain; to open your world to the grand art form of opera and all its storytelling power. We also understand that budgets are tight and that the global pandemic has made those budgets even tighter. Our Teaching and Performing Artists work hard to deliver our programs to schools and communities across the state, and we are committed to paying them a fair fee for their work, virtually or in-person. The fees listed next to our fee-based programs reflect the cost of the artist. 

Because of generous support from donors, we are able to offer scholarships to subsidize this cost. We have free programs available now, and if you see a program you would like to bring to your students but are concerned about the cost, please contact us to discuss options. Programs can also be customized to your needs. We are here to support you and your students and make sure that everyone has access to great art.

To book a program, fill out this form or contact Emily Murdock, Director of Education, at education@centralcityopera.org or by calling 303-292-6500.

Opera Up Close Online Course

All Ages; Self-guided learning appropriate for Grade 6 and Up; Hosted Course recommended for Grades 1-5

Hosted on the Thinkific online course platform, Opera Up Close introduces learners of all ages to the art form and people of opera, both onstage and off. Spoken narration by real opera singers lead students through the course, which consists of photos of CCO productions, videos of performers from around the world and fun quizzes. Supplemental activities and worksheets are available as PDF downloads. Self-guided or have a CCO Teaching Artist host it through a virtual classroom platform. FEE: $50/classroom, $5/adult. Scholarships available.


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.

 


Virtual Speaker-in-Classroom

Customizable for All Ages (K-12 and adult)

Curious about what it’s like to be a real-life opera singer, production manager, stage manager, director, conductor, stage makeup artist, wig maker, props artisan, stage combat choreographer, or any other of the myriad of jobs in the world of opera? Have one “visit” your classroom using a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Google Classroom. Spanish-speaking artists are available to visit bilingual (Spanish-English) classrooms. FEE: $100. Scholarships available.


Virtual Master Classes

Customizable; Grades 9-12 and adult

Central City Opera Teaching Artists are available for virtual master classes in a variety of skills, including: vocal health and warm-ups; audition techniques; stage makeup tutorials; lyric diction in Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Latin; opera conducting and more. FEE: Varies (starting at $100). Scholarships available.


Yoga and the Voice Workshops (Virtual and In-Person Formats)

Grades 7-12

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.

Free videos of individual exercises also available to watch here.


Digital Concerts

Central City Opera Touring Artists film a physically-distanced opera concert just for your students. Delivered directly to your classroom, enjoy a live Q & A with the performers after the show via a video conferencing platform. FEE: $300. Scholarships available.


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

Opera Up Close Online Course

Hosted on the Thinkific online course platform, Opera Up Close introduces learners of all ages to the art form and people of opera, both onstage and off. Spoken narration by real opera singers lead students through the course, which consists of photos of CCO productions, videos of performers from around the world and fun quizzes. Supplemental activities and worksheets are available as PDF downloads. Self-guided or have a CCO Teaching Artist host it over Zoom. FEE: $5/adult. Scholarships available.


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.

 


Outdoor Concerts

You provide the outdoor venue, we provide the performers. Weather-permitting, enjoy a physically-distanced concert of opera, music theater and more featuring a Central City Opera singer and pianist. Keyboard and sound equipment provided by Central City Opera. Available April – October, weather-permitting. FEE: Varies (starting at $400).


Opera Lecture Series

Do a deep dive into the 2021 Central City Opera Festival productions with experts over Zoom. Learn about Verdi’s Rigoletto, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas from the perspectives of a music historian, conductor, opera singer and stage director. Four-part series, one-hour sessions held once per week. FEE: $20 per person for the four-session seriesContact Central City Opera for information about the schedule of this series.


Opera Workshop Series

Hone your skills or learn a new one with experts from different perspectives of opera: singing, stage makeup, design and more. Held once per week virtually over Zoom, class sizes will be capped at 20 participants to ensure full participation. FEE: $20 per person per session, $70 per person for the four-session package. Contact Central City Opera for information about the schedule of this series.



Opera Trivia “Jeopardy” Style

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

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

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.

 

 


Central City Opera Resource Center

Check out our Resource Center for study guides, lesson plans, videos, and more. Available here.