Kids writing their own opera at Opera Kids summer day program

Opera Kids

Age: Rising 3rd - 6th graders

Cost: $340 ($325 tuition plus $15 summer registration fee)

Come learn how an opera is made, then create your own!
Co-hosted with Boston Lyric Opera

Did you know that all operas (even the most famous ones) are simply sung-through stories at their core? If you can write a story and sing it, then you’ve created an opera!

For 3rd to 6th graders who love singing, music, and theatre, Opera Kids is a special and exclusive opportunity to write, compose, and perform a mini opera in 1 week, with Boston Lyric Opera’s master teaching artists!

In just one week, participants will:
– learn how to write a libretto and create their own musical
– compose and perform their own original songs
– design and create costumes, props, sets, and lighting with BLO Master Teaching Artists
– share their opera in a special performance!

Students will learn about how an opera company works and the different “opera jobs” and roles inside an opera company, such as: Marketing Manager, Stage Manager, Master Electrician/Lighting Designer, Stage Crew, Costume & Make-Up Designer, Head Carpenter/Props & Set Designer, Stage Director, Musicians, Singers, Composer, and Librettist.

They’ll collaborate to write music and lyrics, create scenes and a storyline, and build sets and lighting for their opera.

They’ll also diversify their way of thinking and develop creativity, social and emotional skills, self- confidence, respect for others, decision-making and critical thinking through an array of art activities.

Opera Kids runs concurrently with Opera Creation Bootcamp, Boston Lyric Opera’s professional development intensive/teacher training for local educators. Each afternoon, Opera Kids participants will join with Opera Creation Bootcamp educators for integrated sessions as they work together towards a final performance.

Scroll down to the purple box to register for this special week!


2024 Opera Kids Details


Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16, 2024

Final performance on Friday, 3:45 pm!

Sample Daily Schedule

(subject to change)

9:00 am, Arrival / Drop-off
9:30 – 10:30 am, Welcome, Group Values, Warm-Up Games and Icebreakers
10:30 – 10:45 am, Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm, Opera Jobs (see examples above!)
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 pm, Rotating Sessions (tableaus, character development, concept boards, rehearsal, etc.)
2:15 – 2:30 pm, Break and join teachers
2:30 – 4:00 pm, Integrated Sessions (performance exploration, movement, melody building, rehearsal, etc.)
4:00 – 4:30 pm, Debrief and wrap up
4:30 pm, Pick-Up

Opera Kids 2024

Location: 160 Lexington - Concert Hall

Dates: Aug 12 - Aug 16

Program Sponsors

This program is co-hosted with Boston Lyrica Opera’s “Opera Creation Boot Camp” program for professional arts educators. Thank you for this opportunity, BLO!

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