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Education & Training

Virginia Opera's Education and Outreach Program touches the lives of children, students, and community members across Virginia.  Our diverse programs reach students in the classroom, as well as bring students to mainstage opera performances for a real-life experience. 

Emerging Artist Program

Our program provides exceptionally talented emerging artists with a seasonal residency program that offers an extensive schedule of performing opportunities in the context of a professional training program.

In-School Touring Program

This nationally recognized program is the cornerstone of our education and outreach efforts, featuring our acclaimed Spectrum Resident Artists, who tour every year to bring opera programs to schools and communities throughout Virginia.

Student Night at the Opera

These special nights allow students in Norfolk to experience their own evenings at the opera, giving them a chance to discover the joy of opera at a reduced ticket price.

Operation Opera

One of the most innovative programs offered by Virginia Opera is Operation Opera, which is the only one of its kind in the United States, offering hundreds of free presentations to community venues throughout Virginia every year. Presentations are not only free, they can be customized to suit your particular group! Click here to book one today.

Study Guides

Every Virginia Opera mainstage production has a corresponding study guide created specifically to correlate with Virginia Standards of Learning. These guides include background information, student worksheets, library activities and more, and encourage educators to incorporate the arts into the existing curriculum. It is Virginia Opera's aim to support the academic and artistic growth and development of students across the Commonwealth.