Opera in the Neighborhoods

Opera in the Neighborhoods brings live performances of youth-focused operas to neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area.

Lyric Unlimited Opera in the Neighborhood


Music by John Musto
Libretto by Eric Einhorn

Join us for an adventure at the crossroads of science and creativity! Based on a true story, famed paleontologist Dr. Henry Fairfield Osborn has an incredible collection of fossils at his museum, and turns to Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist, to create vivid paintings that help bring these ancient creatures to life for visitors. When Knight’s granddaughter, Rhoda, accompanies him to the museum, she is awestruck by these exciting fossils – and the life-like images that her grandfather creates! Travel back in time with Rhoda and the cast in this fully-staged opera.

For grades 3-6
Performed by a cast of four singers and three instrumentalists
45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
No admission charge; suggested donation $65 per classroom
Tour runs October 15 - November 16, 2018

The free Teacher Professional Development Workshop will take place at The Field Museum on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:30am-12:00pm. Registration opens August 1.
Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is a co-production with On Site Opera and the Pittsburgh Opera. The extended edition of the opera was commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund. Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by Lead Sponsor J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor (3), Brent and Katie GledhillRobert and Evelyn McCullen, the Sage Foundation, Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, Jane Wilson and David Mayhew Stone Charitable Trust, and Wintrust Community Banks.

Lyric Unlimited Chicago Public Schools Bus Scholarships are supported by the U.S. Bank Foundation.

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Take your students’ Opera in the Neighborhoods experience to new heights with a professional development workshop. This free workshop, held at The Field Museum, will introduce educators to the main themes and content of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt. Educators will hear from both Lyric and Field Museum professionals as we explore the opera, as well as investigate strategies for integrating related learning resources into your curriculum. Plus, you can earn 2.5 professional credit hours!

This workshop is open to all music teachers and general education teachers, grades 3-6.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm
N. W. Harris Learning Collection
The Field Museum - West Entrance
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

Please contact educators@fieldmuseum.org to register.

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