Education Program

NORTH CAROLINA OPERA (NCO) offers “Opera Out of the Box,” created specifically for school-aged audiences. This engaging program entertains children and corresponds with North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study. The company’s outreach offers everyone the opportunity to learn about the art form of classical song and the passionate, riveting and unpredictable world of opera!


Grades K-12
Length: 45 Minutes

This interactive presentation introduces students to “opera’s greatest hits.” Four singers, representing the main operatic voice types, perform arias, duets and ensembles from CARMEN, THE MAGIC FLUTE, RIGOLETTO and other well-known operas. Using MadLibs, students “compose” a scene to learn about recitative, or the opera dialogue. The program concludes with “Is it Opera?,” a quiz in which the singers present famous tunes often heard in commercial media.

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