Community Engagement Programs

Opera Omaha’s Community Programs offer a wide variety of opportunities that go beyond the main stage productions. Each year, our engagement programs reach thousands of individuals across the metropolitan area. Whether diving deeper into the opera, opening a door to view opera from a new perspective, or introducing opera to new audiences, our engagement programs strive to make opera accessible to everyone.

Midday Music
Make the most of your lunch hour! Midday Music is a FREE lunchtime preview preceding the opening of each opera providing a quick taste of the story and music behind the operas, along with some behind-the-scenes insight into our productions.

Prelude Talks
Prelude talks occur prior to each main stage production. These 20-minute talks give audiences extra insight into the opera they are about to experience with information about the story, music, history and more.

Post-Show Talkbacks
Talkbacks invite the audience to explore themes and insights from the performance with members of the cast and/or artistic team as a forum for conversation and discussion about the show and their experiences.

Opera in Conversation
Opera in Conversation features three sessions in advance of each production featuring artists, scholars, and other public figures that foster cross-disciplinary explorations of artists, big questions, and concepts in Opera Omaha’s mainstage productions.

Opera Omaha Book Club
Open to community readers, opera newbies and aficionados alike, Opera Book Club is a FREE and great way to discuss, learn, and connect with those who share the love of literature and opera. Selections will feature books with opera as a theme or character, or books that are the inspiration for an opera.

Community Concerts
Opera Omaha offers a variety of concerts and recitals in the community throughout the year. Many are through collaboration with our wonderful community partners including the Joslyn Arts Museum and Gallery1516.

Student Dress Rehearsals
Going beyond the ordinary field trip experience, Student Dress Rehearsals at Opera Omaha offer students a deep, meaningful encounter with many of the elements that bring the productions to the stage and a chance to see how a show is fine-tuned while watching many of the professional artists, technicians and managers in action.
For the 2017-2108 Season, Opera Omaha is offering Student Dress Rehearsals for Tosca and Falstaff. Student Dress Rehearsals are most appropriate for High School students. Reservations must be made by teachers and may be requested online.

Dress Rehearsal Reservation

Proving Up: Poetry & Music Project
This project invites Nebraska and Iowa K-12 students to submit works of poetry on selected themes tied to Opera Omaha’s world premiere of the opera Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek. Local composers will select from these poems to set the work to music, which will be premiered at a concert at in April, which will be open to the public and part of Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival.
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Opportunities for College Students
From volunteer opportunities for behind the scenes experience to our Student Rush ticket program, Opera Omaha offers a number of ways for college students to experience opera.

National Opera Week
Each fall, Opera Omaha celebrates National Opera Week with a variety of free events showing the full spectrum of opera and opera related experiences, with an overall goal of introducing and exposing as many people as possible to opera.

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