New Orleans Opera is ready to help you and your students jump into the opera season with some exciting programs.

STUDENT NIGHT OUT: See live opera at the Mahalia Jackson Theater!

These open dress rehearsals are free to groups of students and school chaperones that register below. Registered students have the chance to experience the entire New Orleans Opera Season!


Community safety is New Orleans Opera’s top priority for the 2021-2022 season. Until COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have eased further, our classroom-based programs have been temporarily replaced with programming that will enable students to learn about singing and opera from the comfort of their classroom or at home.

Create-A-Scene is an interactive program that engages students of all ages, from elementary to high school. It allows your students to create their own opera scene using a chorus from two of the operas in our current season; Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème and Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. The program is available at beginner and intermediate levels to ensure no student feels left out. New Orleans Opera’s Create-A-Scene program is $500 for each school participating. However, scholarships are available for qualifying schools.

Teachers! We also want to ensure that you feel supported as well. You are not on your own; we are here to answer your questions, no matter how general or particular.

For more information about these and other New Orleans Opera Education programs, please contact Dr. Tara Melvin at tmelvin@neworleansopera.org, 504-267-9535 or visit our neworleansopera.org for updates, attendance instructions and our Covid Policy.

Youth Education Series

Adult Education Series


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Competition and Recognition

MetroPelican 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.

You can help the New Orleans Opera Education Department reach even more people in our community.

Make a donation today! And your contribution will support:
  • MetroPelican Opera – enrichment programs available to schools across the greater metro area
  • Opera Nouvelle and Opera On Tap – lively evenings of operatic song in informal settings (not to mention the careers of talented young and emerging artists who perform!)
  • Student Night Out – free access to live opera performances for students across the region
  • Opera Camps
Concerts, performances and SO MUCH MORE!

For more information and to get involved with the Education Department contact send an email to tmelvin@neworleansopera.org