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Seattle Opera.

Experience Opera

Experience Opera

2018/19 Season

Open to full-time students ages 18 and under, parents, and teachers.

Experience Opera is your backstage pass to Seattle Opera! Join us for the final dress rehearsal of mainstage productions to get an inside look at the opera-making process, take a backstage tour of McCaw Hall to learn more about how an opera comes together, or bring a unique assembly to your school.


School groups, chaperones, and full-time students are eligible to attend the final dress rehearsal of each mainstage performance. $15 registration per person includes an interactive discussion at 6:15 PM in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, a special program book with reading suggestions and articles about the opera, and attendance at the 7:00 PM dress rehearsal. A limited number of chaperones are included at no cost for groups of 15 or more.

Wondering if these operas are appropriate for your students? Check out our content advisories page.

The Gershwins'®Porgy And Bess
By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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The Turn of the Screw
By Benjamin Britten
Thursday, October 11, 2018
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Il trovatore

By Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, January 10, 2019
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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

By Mason Bates
Thursday, February 21, 2019
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By Georges Bizet
Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Register Now - School & Youth Groups

Register Now - Homeschool & Single Families

Seattle Opera is committed to providing opportunities for students to experience opera. Limited financial assistance is available.


Beginning with Il trovatore, Seattle Opera presents a new format for school and youth groups to Experience Opera! Enjoy a backstage tour with a member of Seattle Opera's staff, engage in an exclusive chat with an artist involved in the production, and top it all off with the dress rehearsal. BackStage PASS will have limited availability due to the constraints of backstage access, and groups will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. $20 registration per person. A limited number of chaperones are included at no cost for groups of 15 or more.


Bring Experience Opera into your school! These interactive discussions center around a vocation in the creation of opera. Middle and high school students will have the chance to explore the behind-the-scenes process of opera with a member of Seattle Opera's artistic or technical teams. Opera Forums cost $150.


Please email with any questions.

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