Boulder Opera Youth Opera Workshop!



A team of educators from Boulder Opera Company will be visiting Dana V. Music to offer an in depth look and experience in creating, producing and performing a brand new opera. There will be opportunities for singers, performers, and production crew. This course will end in a fully costumed production performed in Louisville.

Workshop Description: The 2019 children’s workshop participants will explore all musical and non-musical aspects of Cesar Cui’s Little Red Riding Hood, performed in English. The program will take place over the course of 8 weeks, broken down into 12 sessions. Children will meet once or twice weekly to learn the elements of performing, producing, and managing an opera. The will become the characters, narrators, directors, managers, set designers and costume designers. The workshop will culminate with a 35 minute performance of Little Red Riding Hood for friends and family. The workshop will be an excellent introductory experience for young minds to the world of opera and classical music!

Audition Information

Main Roles will be cast by audition only. See auditions tab in main menu.

Youth Chorus: A youth chorus will be added during the last few weeks of production. No audition is required for this chorus. See price information below.


Lead Roles and Crew Members - $400 (Audition required. See audition requirements.)

Youth Chorus - $200

To Register for Leads and Crew, click here.

To Register for the Youth Chorus, click here.

*Registration is to collect registrant info and statement for crew positions. All interested participants must register. See payment info below:

Make checks payable to Boulder Opera. Please send to:

2015 Grape Ave, Boulder CO 80304

What students will gain from this experience: The Youth Opera Workshop will give students the opportunity to take on leadership roles in the intense process of putting an opera together. These skills are invaluable, not only to those who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts, but also for those who want to build a solid foundation in communication, problem solving, and working in groups. Though the workshop will be facilitated by professional opera singers, our time together will be spent developing each students individual interest and skill set—be it costume design, stage direction, or performance—so that they will be in control of their position in the workshop. Our mission is to foster the creativity and individuality within a group of young performing artists and create and environment where all ideas are equal.

Contact Elizabeth Hayes for more information:

Informational meetings with interested students and parents:

Would you like to know more? Please sign up for this information session at Dana V. Music:

January 31st, 2019: 6:00pm

Click here to sign up:

Rehearsal Information 

Rehearsals: April 2nd-May 2st (Tuesday rehearsals with some Saturdays as the performance draws closer)

Location of Rehearsals:

Dana V. Music, Ensemble Room

901 Front Street, Lower Level

Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Performance: May 25th, Louisville Center for the Arts (Time TBD)

Outline of Curriculum:

Week 1: What is Opera? What are the roles in opera?

Week 2: Cast assignments, music rehearsals begin

Week 3: Continue with music rehearsals, character development activities

Week 4: Music rehearsals, organizational work (costumes, props)

Week 5: Staging rehearsals begin, scene by scene

Week 6-8: Continued staging rehearsals


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