Hello Friends in Education,

We know that a lot of teachers and administrators are in limbo right now, unsure what school is going to look like with the many variables in play.

For the safety of our students, teachers and communities, we are creating completely virtual programs to be shared with your students.  Here they are:

Create an Opera Scene from Home!

For the Fall term of 2020, we are temporarily replacing our in-class engagements with a program where the students learn about singing, opera history, and then they create their own opera scenes at home or in your virtual classrooms. We will provide a step by step manual as well as an accompanied video that leads them through the project with physical and vocal exercises. The goal is to have them film their scenes at home, and then, via google classroom, they’ll send them to us. We edit these videos into one short clip and then we’ll share it back with the class for a GRAND FINALE!

They can create scenes from the following famous operas:

  • Rigoletto
  • The Barber of Seville
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • The Marriage of Figaro
  • The Valkyrie
  • Madama Butterfly
  • The Magic Flute

This program can be used any way you see fit! You can make it a part of the curriculum, you can use it for extra credit, you can choose only one opera for everyone to focus on, or you can do all of them. It is entirely up to you. We built the program for students to distribute throughout an academic week – every day building on the skills from the previous day- requiring only about 15 minutes a day.

If this interests you, please let us know! We are gauging our programs to meet your pedagogical needs.

Virtual Performances for Students

We are also putting together a fun and engaging virtual performance for students of all ages. This will be an amalgamation of music and performances by New Orleans Opera Artists. The program will be available to all teachers at any school for a period of two weeks. This will be available on a sliding fee scale to allow the most access while also supporting our local artists. 

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope we can still have fun and engage with our communities and students on a virtual level, and, when it is safe to do so, we’ll be right back in your classes!

Sincerely, William Mouat and the Education Team

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!
Opera Education

School Performances

We offer a variety of performances for your school or educational center and can create custom performances and programming as needed.
September through May – bookings dependent on artists’ availability

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School Programming

We offer a variety of educational programs for your school or learning center and create custom curriculum as needed and programs are available for booking from September through May.

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Opéra Nouvelle

The remainder of the 2019-2020 Opéra Nouvelle performances are cancelled.
We are working on the 2020-2021 Schedule and can’t wait to share all the exciting news as soon as possible!

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Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition

The Wood Competition is in its fifth year as a significant young artist entry vehicle into the professional realm of singing.  Past participants have enjoyed regional, national and international celebrity as young artist professionals.

Opera Education

Student Night Out

Sponsored by the Louise B. Martin Family Fund
2020-2021 Dates TBA soon!

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Donald W. Wood Sr. Advancement Grant

The Wood Operatic Advancement Grant is a branch of the New Orleans Opera Association’s Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition and it provides financial assistance to the winners of the Wood Competition.

For more information and to get involved with the Education Department contact Director of Education
William Manning Mouat, 504-267-9535