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.

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 Art 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 2018-2019 Season, Opera Omaha is offering Student Dress Rehearsals for Pagliacci and The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore). We are privileged to be able to offer our students and chaperones this amazing opportunity for FREE.


Dress Rehearsal Reservation

Poetry & Music Project
Students in grades K-12 from Nebraska and Iowa are invited to submit works of poetry on themes of creativity and community. Selected poems will be set to music and premiered during Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival.
From the pool of poetry submissions, composer alumni from the Luna Composition Lab will select pieces to set to music. This is not a contest, as the composers will select pieces based on what inspires them. The selected poets will have the opportunity to participate with the composer in a workshop to further develop the piece with the composer and musicians, participating in the behind-the-scenes process. The completed works will be performed in concert by Opera Omaha’s Holland Community Artist Fellows as vocalists and local musicians.
The finished pieces will be premiered at a public concert as part of Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival.

Opera Omaha’s Poetry & Music Project is produced in partnership with Nebraska Writers Collective and Luna Composition Lab.


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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