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Educational Resources

Explore below to engage audiences and students in the world of opera. Resources are constantly updated, so be sure to check back regularly for additional materials including study guides, reader's theatre scripts, podcasts, videos, and more!

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"The Marriage of Figaro" Preview

This preview lecture introduces audiences to Virginia Opera's 2022 production of "The Marriage of Figaro." Opera Classroom provides digital previews that help you reach your audience and educate them about upcoming repertoire. Contact Opera Classroom to set up your virtual (or in-person) lectures!

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Podcast Previews for Des Moines Metro Opera 2021 Season

Click on the link to listen to podcast previews of the Des Moines Metro Opera 2021 season. Commission podcasts of your own to educate and engage your opera audience!

Podcast include previews of "Sweeney Todd," "The Queen of Spades," and "Platée." Content created and produced by Opera Classroom.

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Opera Videos

The Magic Flute on TED Ed

With its fairytale setting, colorful characters, heroic quest, and virtuosic music, Mozart's The Magic Flute is often a child's first operatic experience.

There is much more to this work, however, than what meets the eye. Enjoy this TED Ed video created by Opera Classroom founder Joshua Borths as you explore this magical, mysterious work of art. 

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Opera Reader's Theatre & Classroom Curriculum

The Magic Flute Reader's Theatre (Part 1: The Quest)

 Bring the power of opera to your schools and community through interactive study guides, reader's theatre scripts, and unit plans.

Click the link below to see a sample of "The Magic Flute: Reader's Theatre." This script is divided into three parts, each taking 15 minutes to perform. This resource was written for 4th— 6th graders. Contact Opera Classroom for the full script!

Reader's Theatre helps develop the reader's fluencycomprehension, and  imagination as young audiences are guided through the story of the opera.

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