School programs


Cincinnati Opera is committed to providing memorable and educational operatic experiences to school-aged, family, and community audiences. The company's long-term initiative, "The Essentials," will introduce six important opera masterpieces to students in grades 7-12 and community members over the course of six years. Each year, Cincinnati Opera will produce a fun and educational 45-minute touring program on one of the great works of opera, in which audiences will learn about the composer, the characters, and the story, and hear brilliant music performed by professional singers. Participating schools and community centers will receive a pre-performance study guide, and the singers will engage with students in a talk-back following each performance.

2017  La Traviata
2018  Carmen
2019  La Bohème
2020  Porgy and Bess

2015  The Marriage of Figaro
2016 The Barber of Seville

These masterpieces of opera will be presented chronologically in the order that they were composed, which allows the series to provide an overview of the development of opera from the classical to the modern period. Ideally, a student who follows the cycle beginning in the seventh grade will see all six of the great works by the time they graduate. The program aims to reach 50,000 middle and high school students during the six-year series.

To book a performance, or for more information on "The Essentials," contact Kemper Florin at (513) 768-5513 or


Cincinnati Opera is proud to partner with ROKCincy (Roundabout Opera for Kids Cincy) to bring the thrill of live opera performances to students age K-6 and community centers throughout Greater Cincinnati. To learn more about ROKCincy and its touring schedule, visit Interested in scheduling a performance or auditioning for ROKCincy's next tour? Contact Kelly Holterhoff at or (513) 768-5522.