In-School Touring

Stories They Know…Operas They’ll Love!

Virginia Opera’s In-School Touring programs are specifically designed to bring children all that opera has to offer in a compact experience that is fun and engaging, customizable to any classroom, auditorium, or community setting. Each program is approximately 40 minutes long, featuring performers from Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program in productions that are fully staged, complete with costumes, scenery, and props.

Age-appropriate programs like these enhance students’ learning in music, fine and performing arts, as well as other key subject areas, while building greater cultural awareness. Each contains multiple tie-ins to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), and is accompanied by a free study guide that equips parents and educators with lessons and activities. Children are further invited to interact with performers through a post-performance Q&A.

For more information on Virginia Opera’s In-School Touring Program, e-mail education@vaopera.org.

• In School Touring:

A classic opera adapted for K-5 audiences

Touring September– December, 2018
The Elixir Of Love by Gaetano Donizetti
This delightful adaptation moves the action to Lonesome Gulch, a town in the American Old West. Miss Addy, Jimmy Reno and Bill Corey form the love triangle of the story, with Dr. Dulcamara appearing as the “snake oil” peddler who sells the love potion. True love conquers all in this comic, fast-paced opera with gorgeous tunes and unforgettable characters.

Celebrating African-American Musicians

Touring January-February, 2019
Roland Hayes, A Life in Song
Tenor Roland Hayes began his singing career in church, before earning a place in Fisk University and going on to become one of the most famous singers of the 20th Century. During his long career, Mr. Hayes sang all kinds of classical vocal music, and the spirituals he learned as a child, in all the great concert halls of Europe and the United States. This show tells of Mr. Hayes’ lifetime of struggles and triumphs through the music he loved to sing and share.

The beloved story told to the fun music of Arthur Sullivan

Touring February-April, 2019
Jack and the Beanstalk
This universal classic is told as never before, set to sections of six operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan. A perfect combination of great story and music, this version ends with the Giant realizing that he had been acting like a bully and admitting he “was never very good at being bad.” His apology is accepted, all is forgiven and humans, giants and farm animals all live happily after ever!

Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations

English

Music

History

Health


Grades K-5 / VA SOL Correlations

English

Music

History


Grades 4-12 / VA SOL Correlations

Music

History

English

Science

Theatre Arts

Foreign Language


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