Opera in the Community

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.

Kids' Creations & The Magic Flute

November 1 through December 12, 2015
Creative Art Center, Omaha Children's Museum

A perfect way for the whole family to experience opera!


In anticipation of a special holiday presentation of Mozart’s beloved opera, The Magic Flute, part of Opera Omaha & Film StreamsThe Met Live in HD series, children are invited to create their own Magic Flute-inspired puppet at the Omaha Children's Museum. Children who bring their puppets to The Magic Flute broadcast on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Film Streams will receive a complimentary fun-sized popcorn. The Magic Flute is a colorful abridged production, sung in English, and is an excellent opportunity to introduce kids to opera. Puppets can be made in the Omaha Children's Museum's Creative Art Center now through December 12, 2015.

Learn more about the broadcast. Read our blog post why musical expression is important for kids.

Purchase your tickets to the December 12 rebroadcast of The Magic Flute at Film Streams.

This program is made possible through a collaboration with:




Thank you to everyone who made National Opera Week 2015 a success! It was the biggest and farthest-reaching yet with more than 200 organizations and individuals from 41 states and provinces hosting 190 events, while many others attended Opera Week offerings and joined online discussions using #OperaWeek on Twitter. During this week-long celebration, Opera Omaha hosted a variety of free, dynamic community activities, which were enjoyed by novices, opera lovers and everyone in between.

We would like to give a special thanks to our National Opera Week 2015 partners:





Save the date for next year’s National Opera Week, which will take place from Friday, October 28 though Sunday, November 6, 2016.


Make the most of your lunch hour.

This series of free midday conversations hosted by opera directors and conductors, and featuring a performance by our principal artists, presents a 30-minute crash course into one of the operas featured in our season. This dialogue will provide the audience with a quick taste of the story and music behind the operas, along with some behind-the-scenes insight into our productions. An audience Q&A will follow each half-hour program. Tables will be set, so bring a meal and make the most your lunch hour!

This free community program occurs the Friday before opening night of our mainstage productions. A full schedule for the series includes:

Midday Music: La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
Friday, February 5, 2016, 12:15-12:45 P.M.
Location: Opera Omaha Rehearsal Room, 1850 Farnam Street (entrance on S.19th Street) 
Hosted by: Director Lillian Groag
Performances by: Members of the cast of La Fanciulla del West

Midday Music: Semele
Friday, April 1, 2016, 12:15-12:45 P.M.
Location: Opera Omaha Rehearsal Room, 1850 Farnam Street (entrance on S.19th Street) 
Hosted by: Director James Darrah
Performances by: Members of the cast of Semele


In November 2013, our ten student performances of Hansel & Gretel at the Scottish Rite 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.


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