Statewide Touring Productions 2020-2021
Grades Pre-K-5 and Families
PINOCCHIO Sept. 21 – Dec. 6, 2020
Wolf and Cat persuade Pinocchio to skip school and disobey his father. Chaos ensues: a loathsome puppeteer, kidnapping, miraculous escape, police involvement, and finally lessons learned culminate in a “happy-ever-after” ending!
Optional Student Participation as the Chorus of Police and Townspeople
Adaptation and text by John Davies; music by Mozart, Offenbach, Donizetti and Pergolesi
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA Feb. 8 – May 9, 2021
Queen Cindy wants her son, Prince Jeff, to get married and insists he find a bride with extra-sensitive taste buds as proof of her royal blood. Instead, Prince Jeff meets Lulu, a young woman on her way to a costume ball dressed as a princess, and they fall in love. Will Lulu be able to prove her royal sensitivity to Queen Cindy and marry her true love?
Text and Music: Dr. Glenn Winters
All Grades and Families
TRAILBLAZING VOICES: A Brief History of African American Leaders in Opera, Broadway and Jazz
Jan. 18 – Mar. 14, 2021
This educational production honors the history of African Americans who broke barriers to share their talents in many genres. Virginia Opera’s performers bring historic characters to life, and tell the story of these stars in Opera, Broadway and Jazz.
Features music from the times in a variety of styles.
This show is adaptable to suit all grade levels.
Middle School – College Students
OPERA MEETS BROADWAY AND EVERYONE WINS Sept. 2020 – Apr. 2021
Concert with Educational Content
The Virginia Opera artists perform a concert with a fun mix of music from both opera and Broadway. Students will learn about the selections, technical aspects of classical singing, and the many diverse jobs in the arts on and behind the stage. An extended Q&A follows the concert.
CLASSICAL SINGERS “UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL” Sept. 2020 – Apr. 2021
The Director of the Statewide Education and Outreach Program, and members of the Virginia Opera Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, will demonstrate and guide students to a better understanding of some of the technical aspects of classical singing. Discussion will include such topics as: practical considerations of life in the arts, non-singing jobs in opera, learning music in foreign languages, how opera singers project their voices, creating believable characters, and how to switch between the musical and dramatic styles of opera, operetta, Broadway and classical art song – sometimes all on the same program!
ARIAS AND DUETS Sept. 2020 – Apr. 2021
Relax and enjoy an hour of gorgeous music from opera, operetta and Broadway performed by talented and engaging members of Virginia Opera’s prestigious Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program. Introductions give the context for each musical treasure in this trove of compelling selections. Savor your favorites and discover new delights!
LECTURES – Opera UpClose Sept. 2020 – Apr. 2021
Conducted by Dr. Glenn Winters, Opera UpClose is an engagement program unlike any other, delivering a variety of dynamic, in-depth presentations that provide insight into the multifaceted components of the operatic art form.
ABOUT VIRGINIA OPERA’S TOURING PROGRAM
2020-2021 marks Virginia Opera’s milestone 46th season of commitment to education. The Opera Education Program includes acclaimed education and outreach activities that began shortly after the company’s founding in 1975.
Each year, Virginia Opera’s Education Program travels state wide to offer more than 120,000 children and adults of all ages imaginative, informative, and entertaining programs. From children’s operas to concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops, Virginia Opera is committed to bringing live operatic experiences to venues beyond the opera house and into communities across the Commonwealth.
The Opera give mainstage performances in three regional markets—Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, and Northern Virginia—and in 1994 was recognized by the Virginia General Assembly as The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations
Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations
Grades 4-12 / VA SOL Correlations