At Boulder Opera, we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience the joy of opera from an early age. We also recognize all the learning opportunities opera presents. 

This year we have two operas geared specifically for children. One is an opportunity for children to experience a classic opera, Donizetti's Elixir of Love. Each year many school groups come to the Nomad Theater to experience an opera specifically tailored for young audiences. We are booking field trips right now to experience this comedic gem of an opera.

  • One-hour opera with narration and live orchestra. 
  • Italian with English supertitles. 
  • Q&A with cast after performance.
  • December 1-2 at the Nomad Theater

Our other exciting educational offering is a brand new opera by Colorado composer Chappell Kingsland called Firebringers. This 35-minute opera explores fire creation stories from the Ancient Greek, the Lenape tribe from North America, and the Sanema tribe from Venezuela. We bring this performance to schools and then do a workshop after where 4th and 5th graders can help invent a new opera- and then watch professional singers improvise their creation! Email for more information on how to bring this experience to your child's school between February-May 2017.

Email Emma Vawter at for information on pricing and for any other questions.

Why is opera great for kids?

There is something in opera for all different kinds of learners to engage with a story:

Visual learners- can engage with the scenery and the physical representations of what is happening

Kinesthetic learners- can enjoy the movement, the dance, the stage fighting

Musical/Auditory learners- will have non stop stimulation from start to finish!

Interpersonal learners- can enjoy thinking about the relationships between characters on stage

Intrapersonal- can enjoy the reflection that music inspires and may especially enjoy the arias, when a character reflects and sings music that matches their emotions

Linguistic learners- have the text of the libretto to analyze and think of. They may enjoy operas in foreign languages.

We were so grateful to have the Boulder Opera Company come visit our Title I school in BVSD! Because of a grant opportunity, we were able to have truly exceptionally, high-caliber artists come to our school for a rate we could afford! For many of our students, this was their first exposure to opera, and they loved it! The assembly was very engaging, well-paced, and the perfect amount of time for our students. The material they presented was very informative- everything from types of voices to recitative- but also completely accessible to all of our students. The workshop they conducted after was especially fun. Our third graders ‘composed’ an opera by coming up with a story and developing characters, and the amazing artists at the Boulder Opera Company immediately turned this into a mini-opera that they performed right in front of the ‘composers’- our 3rd graders! They were absolutely delighted seeing their story come to life. As a musician myself, I felt the approach was spot-on. Opera can seem lofty and inaccessible even to some adults, but by teaching our students that opera is essentially expressive story-telling, they got it! They learned, they were delighted, and they now have a connection to opera they wouldn’t have otherwise. I give these artists and their production the highest possible recommendation!” -BVSD music teacher Kristen Lewis