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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Three Little Pigs

While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on "huff-proof, puff-proof" home construction. After the bully Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house where they are never bullied again.

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.

Little Red’s Most Unusual Day

Forest Ranger Dudley is too shy to ask Little Red’s mom, the widow Hood, to the Forest Ranger Ball. For that reason he leaves a written invitation in a basket of flowers outside Little Red’s house. Unfortunately for Dudley, the basket is delivered to Granny. Needless to say, Granny does not mind one bit. The very sly and clever Mr. Bigbad Wolf, steals Dudley’s clothes and follows Little Red to Granny’s house. Granny kisses Mr. Wolf, Mom gets impatient, Little Red gets in trouble and Mr. Wolf is almost chopped into “Reese’s Pieces” for being a bully. In fact, everyone experiences, in one way or another, a very, very unusual day.

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, 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.