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Seattle Opera.

Opera Time


In-Person & Live Sessions via Zoom Available Now!

Presented in classrooms all year long. Spanish-language programming now available!

Read together and sing together! This musical storytelling program, delivered live via Zoom 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, identifying character and motive, and selecting words that supply richness and meaning. Read our detailed guide on how Opera Time integrates with Common Core standards.

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

Just $65 per session.

As part of our commitment to equity, Seattle Opera is dedicated to providing programs that are accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of financial standing. Seattle Opera's school programs are available at no cost to all Title I schools, and financial assistance is available to all.

Contact Us about an Opera Time Session

Need a more flexible option? You can have Opera Time at home with recorded classes on demand! To access all of our streaming content, visit our Opera at Home page. 

Opera Time in School en español: Early Learning (Ages 2–7)

Read together and sing together with Seattle Opera’s Opera Time en español! To switch between videos, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.


A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning

A Shelter in Our Car

Ideal for 1st–2nd Grade | Written by Monica Gunning & illustrated by Elaine Pedlar
Lexile: AD560L
Zettie and her Mama left their warm and comfortable home in Jamaica for an uncertain life in the United Sates. With Papa gone, Mama can't find a steady job that will sustain them and so they are forced to live in their car. But Mama's unwavering love, support, and gutsy determination give Zettie the confidence that, together, she and her mother can meet all challenges.

Monica Gunning's moving and authentic story about homelessness in an American city was developed with the help of the Homeless Children s Network in San Francisco. Elaine Pedlar's strong and lively illustrations bring the story to life in vibrant chalk pastel.

Great for World Homelessness Week, homelessness awareness, and for any time of the year.

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Commotion in the Ocean

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written by Giles Andreae & Illustrated by David Wojtowyez
Lexile: AD850L
This delightful collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks.

Great for an introduction to sea animals, creatures and for any time of the year.

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice; Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Anita Du Falla

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice

Ideal for K-2 Grade | Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Anita Du Falla
Lexile: AD630L
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it's earned her the nickname "Decibella"! Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the "five volumes" of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.

Great for classroom expectations, practicing the “five volumes” of voice or any time of the year.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dragons Love Tacos

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade| Written by Adam Rubin & illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Lexile: AD720L
The award-winning team of Adam Ru