Mission Statement

Opera Columbus is determined to introduce opera and educate people of all ages and backgrounds in the school systems, theatres, and throughout the community as a whole.

Opera Goes to School

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Welcome aboard, matey! Join in the fun as the Pirate King, Ruth, and Frederic meet Mabel and the Major General for some olde English merriment. Romance blossoms, loyalty is put to the test and mistakes are forgiven in this "jolly good" adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic masterpiece.

With its zany word play and physical comedy, The Pirates of Penzance is an excellent springboard for discussion of time-honored values such as honesty, integrity, and respect for commitment.


Far beyond a story of a poor girl being saved by a prince, Opera for the Young's version focuses on lovely girl who transforms her own life through inner strength, and she teaches her step-family that the rewards for being a good person can be great!

A well-known story and a lush score takes young audiences on a magical journey to a far off place. Students are central to the action by taking on the roles of the mouse chorus, horses, nobles, a King and Queen. in addition, Cinderella's step-sisters are embodied by music teachers, gym teachers, principals, or even local TV personalities.

Optional Chorus

Should you choose a student chorus, Opera Columbus staff will come to your school a few weeks prior to the performance to stage the student chorus so they know where to stand and act in the show. Opera Columbus also offers a one-hour, in-school student workshop on the day of the performance that helps up to 30 students perform as part of the opera chorus. Teachers are provided with the chorus music and CD in advance.

Educational Materials

Resource guides, chorus parts, and rehearsal CDs (if applicable) and tutorial CDs will be sent to participating schools upon processing of the reservation. For teacher convenience, resource guides and chorus parts are sent in PDF format.

Curriculum Connections

  • Peer Relations
  • Music
  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Math and Logic
  • Social Studies

Improv Opera

What happens when you mix four opera singers, one box of stage props, a dash of operatic terminology, and the imagination of the audience? You get Opera Columbus' Improv Opera!

"Funny!", "Brilliant!", "Amazing!" are just some of the words used to describe this fast-paced program that introduces operatic voices and terminology, drama, and story structure in a unique, interactive format. With "fill in the blank" and multiple choice questions, Improv Opera allows the audience to decide the fate of the performers as they create a world premiere opera that is then performed right in front of their very eyes.


To book one of Opera Columbus' in-school educational programs for Winter/Spring 2016, call Destiny Coleman, Director of Education and Community Programming at 614.384.5636 or email at

*Need based support is available to schools that qualify.

Please Note

Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive an invoice within two weeks of your order. Full payment and any cancellations or changes must be made 14 days prior to performance.