MetroPelican Opera

MetroPelican BW logoMetroPelican Opera, the education/outreach wing of the New Orleans Opera Association, was founded in 1988 by Arthur Cosenza. He chose Metro to represent the 7-parish population base of New Orleans, and Pelican for the state bird. MetroPelican has subsequently toured throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

MetroPelican introduces students to the opera with in-school programming and free Student Previews.

2015-2016 MetroPelican prices, grade levels and availabilities are subject to change.

In school Programming

Call Carol Rausch, New Orleans Opera Director of Education, at 504-267-9522, or e-mail her at to book any of the three programs listed below at your school, church or community center. You may also contact Young Audiences at 504-523-3525.

Opera a la Carte

September 2015 through May 2016 – bookings dependent on artists’ availability
Two singer/actors invite students to join them onstage during our lively 40-minute journey through opera’s “greatest hits.” Using famous excerpts from The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, Il Trovatore and The Magic Flute, we explore the history of opera, foreign language terms and even career opportunities. Best of all, MetroPelican’s most popular offering proves that opera can be FUN!
Grades pre-K – 5

Hansel and Gretel

September 2015 through May 2016 – bookings dependent on artists’ availability
Our delightful 45-minute version of this classic favorite has already introduced thousands of children to opera and continues to enchant new audiences. The fully staged and costumed reenactment of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale is perfect for the holidays or any other time of the year.
Grades pre-K – 5/Family groups

A Celebration in Song

February 2016 (Black History Month) primarily, but available September 2015 through May 2016 – bookings dependent on artists’ availability.
This engaging program is designed to coordinate with Black History Month. All ages will delight in the kaleidoscope of African songs, storytelling, poetry, spirituals and selections from both the Broadway stage and opera.
Grades pre-K – 12/Adults