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Introducing students, educators, and adults to the world of opera and helping create audiences of the next generation, these programs offer a look into the mystery and magic of opera.


Invitation to Opera

SYO Dress Rehearsal

Through select orchestra dress rehearsals students and educators are invited to experience the magic of live opera and interact with performers during intermissions.

Cost of Tickets
FREE!

Chaperone Guidelines
Schools: 1 adult for every 10 students
Homeschoolers: 1 adult for every 4 students

Grade Levels
Grades six and up

2018-2019 Season Opportunities

The Barber of Seville  |  by Gioachino Rossini
Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:00-9:30 PM

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

The Magic Flute  |  by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Thursday, Feb. 14 from 12:00-3:00 PM

Sung in German with English supertitles

Nabucco  |  by Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, Feb. 28 from 12:00-3:30 PM

Sung in Italian with English superititles

A Comic Double Bill
Rita
 by Gaetano Donizetti  |  Susanna's Secret by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Thursday, March 7 from 12:00-2:30 PM

Sung in French and Italian with English supertitles

To Reserve Seats
Click HERE for our online registration form

Standards & Benchmarks
Sarasota Opera is a proud provider and suporter of EdExploreSRQ

Click here for more information on Florida Standards covered as part of the dress rehearsal experience.

Exploration Grants
Need transportation or substitute funding? Click here to check out the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's Exploration Grants.

Questions and Inquires
Please email youthopera@sarasotaopera.org or call (941) 328-1307.


Opera Artists in Schools

SYO Artists in Schools

Members of the Sarasota Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists programs engage students and teachers in interactive outreach sessions, providing young people with direct access to opera and the people behind the music.

Programs range from 45 minutes to 60 minutes and can be tailored to the grade level of the audience.

Fall 2018 Availability
Tue, November 13
Wed, November 14
Thu, November 15
Fri, November 16

Technical Requirements
Acoustic or Electric Piano
Pianos should have at least 85 keys and a sustaining pedal

To Reserve A Session
Click here for online registration.


Standards & Benchmarks
Sarasota Opera is a proud provider and suporter of EdExploreSRQ

Click here for more information on Florida Standards covered as part of this experience.

Questions and Inquires
Please email youthopera@sarasotaopera.org or call (941) 366-1307.


Little Sweep School Matinee

Sarasota Opera is proud to partner with Embracing Our Differences to bring Sarasota Youth Opera’s production of Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep students in Sarasota and Manatee counties.


Performance Date
Monday, November 5, 2018

Performance Time
Arrive by 10:00 am; Performance starts at 10:30am; One hour run time, no intermission.


Grade Levels
Intended for grades 1-5
Not open to homeschool groups. For group rates and family pricing to our two public performances, please contact the Sarasota Opera box office at 941-328-1300.


Standards/Benchmarks

Sarasota Opera is a proud provider and supporter of EdExploreSRQ.

Click here for more information on Florida Standards covered as part of the dress rehearsal experience.


Cost
FREE (transportation provided courtesy of Embracing Our Differences & tickets provided courtesy of the Sarasota Opera).
Click HERE to sign up for a transportation code (Space is strictly limited).


Questions and Inquires

Please contact Brenna Wilhm at Brenna@EmbracingOurDifferences.org to check on the availability of tickets. Space is strictly limited - tickets are allocated on a first come / first serve basis.


What It’s About
The Little Sweep is the second part of a stage production entitled "Let's Make an Opera!" Set in Boston in the early 19th century, the opera tells the story of a group of children who, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young apprentice chimney sweep from his cruel master. In addition to the opera, the production includes a prologue that explains how an opera is conceived and produced along with supporting content related to "The Little Sweep."


Students will be invited to join the cast in song during the last musical number of the show. Materials to help prepare your class for their Sarasota Opera debut will be included in the education resource guide. (Please see a link to the guide below.)


Throughout Benjamin Britten’s operas, he focuses on two particular subjects. First, the plight of the “outsider,” a character who does not fit in, who is different from everyone else, and who must cope – or not cope – with an indifferent and even hostile community. Second, as in "The Little Sweep", the betrayal of innocence, when defenseless children are treated unfairly or otherwise subjected to harsh situations beyond their control. Concerned with bullying and abuse, Britten weaves in the underlying message that we must not only protect children from exploitation and abuse; but, we must all, as the children in "The Little Sweep" do, care for and look after one another.


Opera House Tour & Career Exploration

AtriumAs part of this exploration, students will be provided with an interactive tour highlighting the history of the Opera House, it's connection to Sarasota, and careers in the arts. Tours include visits to the scenic, costume, and prop shops as well as Q&A sessions with professional artists and staff.

Students will:
• Explore connections to social studies, visual arts, and theatre arts, and music
• Learn about the many careers within the arts, both on and off the stage, over the course of a behind-the-scenes tour of a professional opera company
• Identify the duties of some of the backstage careers at the Opera House
• Examine the history of the Sarasota Opera House
• Gain an understanding of the economic and civic importance of the arts in the Sarasota

Cost of Tickets
FREE for school groups

Availability:
Aug, Sept, Dec, April, and May

Group Sizes:
Max of 30 per group

Grade Levels:
Grades six and up

Questions and Inquired:
Please email youthopera@sarasotaopera.org or call (941) 328-1307.

Standards & Benchmarks
Sarasota Opera is a proud provider and supporter of EdExploreSRQ.

Click here for more information on Florida Standards covered as part of this experience.

Exploration Grants
Need transportation or substitute funding? Click here to check out the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's Exploration Grants.

 


 

Teacher Resource Guides

Opera Basics Guide

Carmen by Georges Bizet

Rootabaga Country by Rachel J. Peters

The Italian Girl in Algiers by Gioachino Rossini

Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven  

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini 

The Golden Cockerel by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov