OperaSLO Education

Opera San Luis Obispo has an extensive Opera in Education Program (OEP) with activities and events specifically aimed at ages 7-13, young adult through college age, and the adult and senior level. We invite you to explore our different programs to learn more about which one would be the best fit for you.

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

New this year! Fall in Love With the Operas of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal with John Frey Tuesday afternoons in November! Held in Nipomo, each session includes a 2.5-hr video segment from one of the operas and a 30-minute commentary and discussion. Each participant receives a 38-page course syllabus with bios, synopses and commentary. Get more information here.

OperaSLO featured a Children’s Arts Showcase educational initiative with its 2017 Grand Opera production. When 2,200 patrons attended performances on October 14 and 15, they had the opportunity of seeing the lobby of the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo adorned with art inspired by Madama Butterfly, created by young artists from public schools throughout San Luis Obispo County. This initiative is part of a growing partnership between OperaSLO, County Superintendent Dr. James Brescia, and the San Luis Obispo Offices of Education, demonstrating that music education is positively linked to the intellectual and emotional development of our youth.

Earlier this summer, San Luis Obispo County Offices of Education proudly presented Peter and the Wolf: Telling Stories Through Music! This exciting FREE production for families took place on Tuesday, May 30th 11am at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre. This arts collaboration boasts complete sets and costumes and brings together the talents of Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo, radio talk show host Dave Congalton as the narrator, and the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra conducted by Artistic Director Brian Asher Alhadeff.