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Seattle Opera.

Opera Time


Presented in classrooms, daycares, and libraries all year long.

Read Together, Sing Together: This musical storytelling program, delivered to your classroom by a teaching artist, fosters literacy in and through the arts. Opera Time aligns closely with Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, and gives students skills in broadening and contextualizing vocabulary, creating original stories, identifying character and motive, and selecting words that supply richness and meaning. Available in two different formats to suit you classroom’s needs:

Single-Visit Session

Appropriate for Pre-K through 2nd Grade: A teaching artist will present Opera Time to your classroom or community center during a 30-minute session of singing, read-aloud story time, movement, and story/character exploration using one of the following books.

Just $40 per session, Financial Assistance available.

Contact Us about a Single-Visit Session


My Friend Whale by Simon JamesMy Friend Whale

Ideal for PreK – 2nd grade | Written & illustrated by Simon James
A touching children's story that portrays the reality of disappearing and endangered species appropriately presented to young readers. With whimsical watercolors and expressive language, Simon James weaves factual traits of the blue whale into the development of a tender relationship between a young boy and his whale friend. But how does the little boy feel when his friend doesn't return one night
Themes: Conservation, Separation, Diversity and Friendship


Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth & Stephen GammellOld Black Fly

Ideal for PreK – 1st grade | Written by Jim Aylesworth & Illustrated by Stephen Gammell
There is a mischievous fly in the house causing all sorts of trouble! A clever alphabet book with colorful, action-packed illustrations.
Themes: Phonemic Awareness and Rhyming



Zero by Kathryn OtoshiZero

Ideal for K – 2nd grade | Written & Illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi
Zero sees the other numbers having fun, but Zero looks at herself and sees only emptiness inside. She wants to be like the other numbers who are so shapely. So she tries and tries, with no success, to change what she looks like. She is what she is: she is Zero. But one day, she discovers that Zero isn't nothing, she is something—and something very special indeed!
Themes: Self Esteem, Counting, Number Places and Friendship

12-Visit Residency

Appropriate for 2nd – 5th grades: Students create their own, original musical story, integrating various subject areas in a 12-visit residency. The theme is chosen by the classroom teacher, and the topic is motivated by the students’ interests. This process is guided by a team of teaching artists: a librettist to guide the story creation; a composer to guide the music creation; and a stage director to guide the acting and movement creation. Seattle Opera provides oversight for this entire process and each residency culminates in a performance of each classes’ original composition for family and friends.

$750 per classroom, Financial Assistance available.

Contact us about a 12-visit residency

Please contact us at if you are not sure if an Opera Time Single Visit Session is right for you, if you have any further questions not answered on our website, or if you are interested in booking a 12-session Opera Time Classroom Residency.

Main Photo © Jonathan Vanderweit