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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
About Music! Words! Opera!
Explore operatic masterworks and the creation process.

Music! Words! Opera! is a curriculum series designed to provide classroom teachers, arts specialists and opera educators an easy way to introduce the multidisciplinary arts. These resources are geared primarily toward upper elementary and middle school classroom instruction.

Program History
The original M!W!O! program was developed in the late 1980s by OPERA America with a team of authors, including classroom and music teachers, curriculum specialists, composers and opera professionals, as a tool to aid students and teachers in their explorations of history, language, literature and music. M!W!O! places students at the center of their learning as they find new creative means of self-expression through the study of opera. In 2012, OPERA America commissioned a series of revised three textbooks to better connect with today’s students. Opera companies across North America continually offer teacher training workshops dedicated to nurturing opera learning in the classroom.

M!W!O! Materials
Textbook Series: New and Revised!

Professional Development for Teachers
Each summer, opera companies across North America offer professional development workshops based on the Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. These workshops are an opportunity for classroom teachers and arts specialists to reinforce the development of artistic skills and learn new pedagogical techniques. Teachers participate in the process of study and creation that they will undertake with their students — both studying great operatic works and creating original opera. Workshops are led by experienced teaching artists, and focus on providing the tools for linking opera to core standards and relating opera to other subjects.

For more information about M!W!O! professional development opportunities, please contact Leah D. Wilson at

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Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.