Education Program

Abbott School students visit the Edmonton Opera facility                                     Students attend the Cinderella dress rehearsal, February 2017

Opera Alive

Opera Alive encourages music and arts to be an integral part of learning for students of all ages. Downloadable education guides, school visits and field trips to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium during a dress rehearsal allow students to explore the art form while using their imagination and thinking critically. For classroom visits, special guests will speak, sing and introduce elements of opera in a creative way. A limited number of complimentary visits are offered throughout the season.

Any questions or inquiries about Edmonton Opera's education and outreach programs can be directed to Or, see frequently asked questions.

Bring your class to experience opera first hand! Student Dress Rehearsal dates are available to school group bookings for subsidized pricing starting at only $10. All performances will feature projected English translation. Schools requiring funding assistance are encouraged to apply for support through our Ensemble! program.

Lilies (Les Feluettes) | Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. | Sung in French with projected English translations | Booking Form

Based on the iconic Canadian play by Michel Marc Bouchard, Lilies tells the heartbreaking story of forbidden love in early 1900s Quebec and features a lush, lyrical score by Kevin March praised as an "undeniable achievement". The subject matter of this opera touches on Canadian/Quebecois culture, religion, and art history in an incredible live theatrical experience.

Read the Lilies Education Guide for helpful information about the opera and study materials for your class. 

HMS Pinafore | Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. | Sung in English | Booking Form

Sail the high seas with the quirky crew of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore at a special matinee dress rehearsal! This comic operetta is a worldwide favourite, adding a nautical spin to the classic ‘boy meets girl, boy can’t get girl because of her higher social station’ narrative. When young Josephine, daughter of the Captain, falls in love with a lower-class sailor Ralph Rackstraw, mayhem ensues as the two lovers try to elope… while at sea! Edmonton Opera presents a delightful new production of this beloved topsy-turvy musical journey as reimagined by Cinderella and The Magic Flute director Rob Herriot. HMS Pinafore promises spectacular entertainment and buoyant British comedy!

Don Giovanni | Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. | Sung in Italian with projected English translation | Booking Form

As our final opera of the 2017/18 season, Edmonton Opera presents a new production of Don Giovanni, the crowning masterpiece of Mozart's Italian repertoire. Don Giovanni is a notorious bad boy who thinks he can break hearts without fearing the consequences – until he is faced with a mysterious force he cannot charm, outsmart, or conquer. This opera combines elements of tragedy, comedy, and the supernatural with Mozart's genius score to create an opera experience like no other!

Booking forms for all dress rehearsals can also be downloaded here

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