Explore Opera Residencies


Grade Levels: 6-12
Program Duration: 4 sessions (typically once a week) plus 1 performance field trip
Session Length: One full class period (45-60 minutes) for each participating class
Cost: $750 per classroom (free for qualifying Chicago Public Schools)

Explore Opera engages students in grades 6-12 in an in-depth study of opera through activities that integrate language arts, music, drama, and performance skills. Students gain a rich understanding of a selected work, its history and context, and important themes. Working in collaboration with the classroom teacher, a Lyric Opera Teaching Artist guides students through a creative process to reinterpret select operatic scenes with their own words and music. Teachers determine a session schedule that coordinates with the established class meeting schedule. The program is intended to coordinate with a field trip to the Civic Opera House to attend a performance of the selected work. The 2017/18 opera offerings include:
-Orphée et Eurydice (Sept./Oct.)
-Rigoletto (Oct.)
-Turandot (Dec./Jan.)
-Faust (Mar.)

*Teachers may elect to enhance the experience by scheduling an optional backstage tour of the Civic Opera House.

Photos: Kyle Flubacker

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances FundOpera Residencies for Schools are supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, the Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc., an Anonymous Donor, and BNY Mellon.

This downloadable PDF contains helpful information regarding the goals, structure, and application process for the Explore Opera Residency program. Please read this document carefully before submitting your application.

Interested schools must apply through a certified classroom teacher or principal.
-Applicants must have the school principal’s approval before submitting an application.

-Applications will be available later this spring.
-Late May – Applicant interviews and site visits begin
-Early June – Schools notified of status

Lyric understands that sometimes the priorities, schedule, or personnel of a school can change over the summer. Thus, some schools may be placed on a “wait list” in case a selected school can no longer participate in the program. These schools will be contacted in early September should a vacancy become available.

Applicants need the following information to complete the online application:
-School, teacher, and arts liaison (CPS only) contact information
-Principal’s contact information and consent to apply
-Class schedule information (number of classes, schedule, approximate class size)
-A brief description of why you are requesting the program and how it would benefit your students.