Opera Goes to School

Opera Goes to School

As part of an affiliation between Opera Columbus and The Ohio State University Opera Lyric Theatre, Ohio State students are cast in Opera Columbus’ "Opera Goes To School" educational program. This program is in partnership with The Ohio State School of Music partially funded by The Ohio State University Arts Initiative.

Click here to view our Opera Columbus Education brochure.

Little red’s most unusual day

An operatic version of the story of Little Red Riding Hood based on scenes from operas by J. Offenbach and G. Rossini.

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. Granny simply loves men, especially men in uniform. In the resulting confusion Dudley loses his pants, Granny kisses the Wolf, Mom gets impatient and Little Red gets in trouble. In fact, everyone experiences, in one way or another, a very, very unusual day.


An operatic version of the story of Jack & the Beanstalk based on scenes from the operettas of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Living in poverty with his mother, Jack sells the family cow to a mysterious dustman for a handful of beans. When he returns home and shows his mom the scrawny seeds, she throws them out a window in despair. The beans, of course, take root, and in the moonlight a magical stalk grows to the sky. Discovering the beanstalk and climbing it, as any boy hero would, Jack finds himself in the castle of a very large oaf and his kindly, but haggard, wife. Learning that this giant has taken his father’s golden hen, Jack, with the help of the Giant’s wife, stealthily takes it back. The Giant, in pursuit of Jack, receives a bump on the head after falling from the beanstalk, causing him to forget he’s supposed to be "bad." Realizing all the trouble he’s caused, the Giant resolves to behave well, agreeing that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat other people as they would want to be treated.

*Opera Chorus (Jack and the Beanstalk) 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 40 students perform as part of the opera chorus. Teachers are provided with the chorus music and CD in advance.

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.

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.


Opera Columbus' in-school educational programs for Winter/Spring 2018 will be available for booking October, 2017. For more information call Destiny Coleman, Director of Education and Community Programming at 614.384.5636 or email at dcoleman@operacolumbus.org.

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.