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Seattle Opera.

Online Learning Resources

ON-DEMAND CONTENT FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

While the ongoing pandemic has reshaped the way we collaborate, teach, and learn, Seattle Opera remains committed to providing programming to fit the needs of our community's educators and students. Until we can safely visit and host schools, we will be producing a wide variety of on-demand content that can be used in the classroom or at home. 

We know that each classroom has unique needs and opportunities, and that no program is truly one-size-fits-all. Seattle Opera will work directly with you and your school to create opera programming that best serves your students and community. Email schoolprograms@seattleopera.org for more information!

Opera Time: Early Learning (Up to grade 2)

Read together and sing together with Seattle Opera’s Opera Time! Normally held at the Opera Center, we’ve made a full series of Opera Time videos available on our YouTube channel. Each installment includes sing-alongs, an interactive children’s book reading, and sometimes a simple at-home craft. To see the list of videos and jump to your favorite, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.

  • Excerpts from Hansel and Gretel  Librettist: Adelheid Wette. Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo  Author: John Lithgow. Illustrator: Leeza Hernandez.
  • Mortimer  Author: Robert Munsch. Illustrator: Michael Martchenko.
  • Dragons Love Tacos 2  Author: Adam Rubin. Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri.
  • Jump, Frog, Jump!  Author: Robert Kalan. Illustrator: Byron Barton.
  • Dragons Love Tacos  Author: Adam Rubin. Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri.
  • Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse  Author: Laura Sassi. Illustrator: Rebecca Gerlings

Do-It-yourself Aria Workshop (Grades 2–7)

Join our Youth & Family Programs Manager Sara Litchfied for a journey into the world of opera! In this free five-video course, you’ll sing, act, create original opera characters, and write a song inspired by your character. This course for grades 2–7 is a great way to exercise your musical and creative muscles from the safety of home. 

Start Workshop

Opera Talks (Grades 8–12)

Curated by Seattle Opera dramaturg Jonathan Dean, our online Opera Talks are a great way to spark discussion in your classroom. Topics range from overviews of favorite composers such as Puccini and Mozart to explorations of the American opera repertoire and works inspired by Shakespeare. 

Playlist

To see the full playlist and jump to the one you want to watch, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.

Talk topics (in reverse order of date recorded):

  • Shakespeare Operas
  • Lorenzo Da Ponte
  • Composer Spotlight on Verdi
  • American Operas
  • Composer Spotlight on Mozart
  • Opera Indulges in the Seven Deadly Sins
  • Motifs, from Mozart to the Movies
  • Composer Spotlight on Mascagni
  • The History of Seattle's Opera House
  • Composer Spotlight on Puccini
  • Getting to Know our General Director (parts 1 & 2)
  • A Bird’s-Eye View: Telling the Story of Charlie Parker through Opera

2020 Fall Season (All Ages)

Seattle Opera's fall season features streaming opera productions, recitals from featured artists, and more! While some season content is for subscribers only, a rotating set of offerings is available to all for free.

Explore the season

Anything marked with a blue corner that says "public event" is available for anyone to watch.