Opera Teens Councils are active groups that learn together about opera, raise awareness of the art form and give back to their communities. Councils share news about their activities, receive planning support from OPERA America and connect with a national network. Check out the Directory on the Council Corner page for the list of active Councils.
Don’t see a Council near you? Start your own.
Get together with a group of at least three teens who can organize three events between September 2015 and August 2016. Community service projects are strongly encouraged! Find resources in the Council Corner and start planning events today. Start gathering information for your Council now using this worksheet. When you are ready to submit your Council application, click below.
Individual Opera Teens
Connect with other high schoolers, find opera events in your area and attend online events hosted by OPERA America and its member opera companies. The three founding members of Councils are automatically registered as individuals. If you are part of a Council but were not included on its New Council Registration, register here and indicate your Council affiliation.
OPERA America Live
Tune in to the free live-streamed Onstage at the Opera Center events, which include conversations with artists you love, performances of excerpts from today’s leading opera composers and recitals by promising young singers. Join the online Twitter discussion with Opera Teens watching the stream by using @OPERAAmerica #OperaTeens.
National Opera Week
Join other teens to raise awareness and advocate for opera. Learn more about National Opera Week here.
Opera of the Month
Delve into a selected operatic work each month. Join online discussions, explore a production and host your own event to learn more about the piece.
Questions? Contact Leah D. Barto, director of learning and leadership, at LBarto@operaamerica.org.
- September | Romeo and Juliet, Gounod
- October | Cinderella, Rossini
Spotlight Production: San Diego Opera (San Diego, CA)
- November | Silent Night, Puts/Campbell
Spotlight Production: The Atlanta Opera (Atlanta, GA)
- December | Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti
- January | The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart
Spotlight Production: Los Angeles Opera (Los Angeles, CA)
- February | Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
Spotlight Production: Lyric Opera of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
- March | Champion, Blanchard/Cristofer
Spotlight Production: Washington National Opera (Washington, D.C.)
- April | Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss
Spotlight Production: The Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY)
- May | Cyrano, DiChiera/Uzan
Spotlight Production: Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit, MI)
- June | The Grapes of Wrath, Gordon/Korie
Spotlight Production: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (St. Louis, MO)
- July | Alcina, Handel
Spotlight Production: The Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM)
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