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In-School Touring

Sponsors for In-school touring:

- Alexandria Commission for the Arts
- The Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium, Richmond
- Arts Council of Fairfax County
- Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission
- Chesterfield County
- City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
- Franklin Southampton Charities
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Newport News Arts Commission
- Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities
- Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission
- R.E.B. Foundation
- Suffolk Fine Arts Commission
- Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission
- VA Commission for the Arts
- Williamsburg Arts Commission
- York County Arts Commis

Stories They Know…Operas They’ll Love!

Virginia Opera’s In-School Touring programs are specifically designed to bring children all that opera has to offer, in a compact experience that is fun and engaging, customizable to any classroom, auditorium, or community setting. Each program is approximately 40 minutes in length, featuring performers from Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program in productions that are fully staged, complete with costumes, scenery, and props.

Age-appropriate programs like these enhance students’ learning in music, fine and performing arts, as well as other key subject areas, while building greater cultural awareness. Each contains multiple tie-ins to the Virginia Standards of Learning, and is accompanied by a free study guide that equips parents and educators with lessons and activities. Children are further invited to interact with performers through a post-performance Q&A.

For more information on Virginia Opera's In-School Touring Program, please send an e-mail to education@vaopera.org.






2016-17 Season Tours

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Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Words and Music by Dr. Glenn Winters

Touring September 2016 - December 2016

Appropriate Audience: Grades K-5, Community

Originally commissioned by Virginia Opera in 2007, this original musical work draws on three popular stories from the prolific collection of 19th century German fairy tales by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm:       

1)    Doctor Know-all
2)    Rumpelstiltskin’s New Adventure
3)    Cat and Mouse Together

Relates to following Virginia SOLs:

English:                K.1, K.4, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.5, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5
History:                 K.8, 1.8, 1.10, 2.8
Music:                   K.9, K.11, K.12, K.13, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11 – 1.15, 2.7 – 2.14, 3.9 – 3.16, 4.8 – 4.15 

Click HERE for our Study Guide for Tales from the Brothers Grimm!



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The Three Little Pigs
Music by W.A. Mozart / Words & Story Adaptation by John Davies

Touring January 2017 - April 2017

Appropriate Audience: Grades K-5, Community

This universal classic and its timeless characters provide the perfect backdrop for this pastiche opera, brilliantly interwoven with scenes by Mozart. According to John Davies, “The Three Little Pigs has been produced with regularity in the USA since 1991. It gives me real satisfaction to think that many excellent American singers having wonderful operatic careers today used to be big bad wolves and little piglets.” 

Relates to following Virginia SOLs:

English:                K.1, K.4, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.5, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5
History:                 K.8, 1.8, 1.10, 2.8
Music:                   K.9, K.11, K.12, K.13, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11 – 1.15, 2.7 – 2.14, 3.9 – 3.16, 4.8 – 4.15


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Deep River: The Marian Anderson Journey
Words and Music by Dr. Glenn Winters

January 2017 - February 2017

Appropriate Audience: Grades 4-12, Community

Virginia Opera celebrates Black History Month with a world premiere opera about Marian Anderson’s rise to fame among the world’s greatest concert artists - in spite of experiencing racial prejudice. Ms. Anderson was an important figure in the struggle for civil rights and met each barrier with courage, grace and determination.

Relates to following Virginia SOLs:

English:                4.1, 4.3, 4.6, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7, 6.2, 6.3, 9.2, 9.4, 10.2, 10.4, 11.2, 11.3, 12.2, 12.3
History:                 VS.9, USII.1, USII.3-6, USII.8, USII.9, WHII.12, VUS.6-8, VUS.10, VUS.14,
                             VUS.15, GOVT.3
Music:                   4.8 – 4.15, HG.6-9, HG.11, HCB.3, HCB.7-9, HCI.7-9, HCAD.7-9, HCAR.7-9,
     HIB.19-21, HII.18-20, HIAD.21-22
Science:                PH.4/5 PH.10
Theater Arts:         TI.8, TI.10-13, TII.7-12, TII.14, TII.17, TIII.7, TIII.11, TT.1-2, TT.7-12, TT.21, TT.25

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An Evening of Opera and Broadway

September 2016 - April 2017

Appropriate Audience: For all ages, Community

Sung by the world-class Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists, An Evening of Opera and Broadway features soaring opera arias and your favorite Broadway melodies from the world’s greatest composers. This concert program will add a special touch of elegance and excitement to any evening or event and is an excellent choice for all community groups, theatres, and colleges. Performance can vary in length depending on production needs.

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September 2016 - April 2017

Appropriate Audience: Grades 6- 12, Community

Introduce your students to the beauty of music with this entertaining program that features popular opera arias and favorite Broadway melodies. Our artists will introduce, demonstrate and explain the fundamentals of opera while at the same time putting on a performance that will leave your students shouting “Encore!” This performance can be given as a Master Class or performance for the entire school.