Opera for Schools

Opera York has partnered with the York Region Public and Separate School Boards to introduce opera to a new generation through the Opera for Schools/L'opéra pour les écoles  program.  Opera for Schools/L'opéra pour les écoles  is a curriculum based program that offers educators everything they need to teach students a love of Opera.  The program is offered in both English and French languages to elementary and secondary school students in York Region and Toronto.  Opera for Schools has reached close to 10,000 students since it's beginning.

Participation in the program is very affordable and includes:

  • A visit to the theatre for a live operatic concert performed by some of the stars of Opera York. The performance consists of arias from the world's best loved operas. The concert is designed to introduce, in a highly entertaining and participatory way, the basic components of opera including: the different vocal ranges, types of opera and ways of singing.  The performance is followed by a question and answer period where students can ask the performers their own questions about opera.

  • A complete curriculum-based "Teacher/Student Learning Guide" with companion CD of "Great Canadian Performances" produced by CBC Audio for Opera York. This specially designed teaching unit, authored by David Geene, (B.Mus.,H. Ed., B.Ed.) and Laurie L. Rossi, (B.Mus.,H.Ed.,B.Ed.) has been translated by for the french program L'opéra pour les écoles by Vivian Garofalo and Yvonne Dufault. The guide contains classroom strategies, strengthening understanding of music components, literacy activities using student reflection and communication, a music assessment rubric template and black line reproducible masters.
Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts
10268 Yonge Street,
Richmond Hill ON
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Developed with the generous support of: The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts
and the Ontario Arts Council.