OPERA America’s Opera Teens is a national collective for high school students with a shared passion for opera.
The program welcomes high schoolers in local opera clubs and in individual pursuits with the art form. It empowers teens to develop their interests in opera, share opera learning with others, and leverage the power of opera to serve their local communities.
Opera Teens offers a calendar of programming produced by opera companies, the Opera Teens Advisory Council, and OPERA America, including watch parties, professional development sessions, volunteer opportunities, and media projects.
Are you a high schooler interested in opera, eager to learn more, and ready to be part of a national movement? You can get involved and join your fellow teens.
For additional information, contact us at Programs@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5275. If you are a teacher or facilitator of a local opera club for teens, get in touch with us to see how your participants can take part in Opera Teens programming.
The Opera Teens Podcast
Check out these recent episodes of Teens Tackle Opera, the official podcast of the Opera Teens:
Listen to all episodes of the podcast here.
Upcoming Teens Events
- Virtual Opera Conference
Monday, June 27 | 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 28 | 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
The virtual conference includes a special session featuring OperaTeens:
Tuesday, June 28 | 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET
Inspiring the Future of Opera: Opera Teens in Conversation with Christine Goerke
OPERA America’s Opera Teens, a national coalition of high schoolers with a passion for opera, are uniquely poised to participate in the conversation about opera’s future. They’ll join soprano Christine Goerke in a discussion about her experience as an artist and more recent entry into the realm of administration, the future of opera, work-life balance, and advice for aspiring opera professionals. Goerke will then interview the Opera Teens, inquiring how they hope to be involved in bringing positive change to the artform they love.
- Christine Goerke, Soprano
- Leah Yackanech & Juliette Matzner, Opera Teens
Join Opera Teens to participate in upcoming Opera Teens programs.
All high school students are welcome to attend Opera Teens events. For more information, please contact Ebony Menefield, education manager.
Past Opera Teens Events
- Social Media: Plan for Great Impact, with Babatunde Akinboboye, Baritone, and Kimberly Sears, Social Media Strategist
Sunday, March 13, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. EST
- Conversation with Ailyn Pérez, Soprano, and Soloman Howard, Bass
Sunday, April 18, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
- What is Opera? with Zachary James, Bass
Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST