Opera Omaha’s Community Programs offer a wide variety of opportunities that go beyond the mainstage productions. Our vision is to make opera accessible to everyone in the community. Each year, our educational and community partnerships programs reach thousands of young students across the metropolitan area. Whether providing a free shuttle to the Orpheum Theater or delivering high-quality singing at our popular lunchtime preview performances, Opera Omaha is committed to making opera a part of everyone’s life. This is because we know that exceptional opera is truly one of the greatest and most impactful art forms in the world.
In November 2011, our ten student performances of Hansel & Gretel delivered kid-friendly opera to nearly 8,000 students from elementary schools all over the Omaha metropolitan area. During our most recent season, more than 1,800 middle and high school students attended Opera Omaha performances, many for the first time.
Held at our lovely new rehearsal hall at 1850 Farnam Street the Tuesday before each of our mainstage production’s opening night, this mix of singing and discussion gets you primed and ready to witness great opera. Selections from the upcoming production are carefully chosen to offer attendees insight on the essence of the performance, while leaving them wanting more! These are free and open to anyone who would like to attend. You may bring in your lunch or we can order it for you at a reasonable price. RSVP by emailing email@example.com or just walk right in!
Each fall, high school choirs from around the city gather to perform a high-quality performance to a packed house at Omaha’s own Holland Performing Arts Center. In collaboration with the Omaha Symphony, Choral Collaborative provides opportunities for high school choirs to perform large symphonic and operatic works with the orchestra and guest soloists. Working towards a formal performance through individual and combined rehearsals, students are granted unparalleled experiences and access to the world of professional arts.
Congratulations to the 2012/13 Choral Collaborative Choirs: Bellevue East, Omaha Bryan, Bellevue West, Blair, Westside High School, Omaha Northwest, Lincoln Southwest, and Lewis Central.
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