Opera Is a Window to the Human Soul
Pittsburgh Opera strives to make opera enjoyable for everyone. The Pittsburgh Opera Education Department provides special publications to help both first-timers and the experienced opera-goer get the most out of their opera experience.
Listening and Reading List
Our comprehensive Recommended Listening and Reading List for our 2019-20 season was prepared in collaboration with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. View the full list for each opera, or download it as a PDF.
A concise introduction to the opera that includes the characters and synopsis, biographies, and articles related to the historical context of the opera. Study Guides are posted in PDF format on each opera's main page prior to the opera's opening, and are available on paper at all performances. You can learn more about them, and download them, on our Study Guide page.
Arts Event Discovery Packet
A packet for teachers and students going to the opera. Activities address all Pennsylvania Academic Standards. You are welcome to download a PDF of La bohème Arts Event Discovery Packet COVER and a PDF of La bohème Arts Event Discovery Packet CONTENTS.
Lesson Plan Stems
A handout for teachers that includes more than 100 lesson ideas for intersecting the opera with classroom curricula.You are welcome to download PDFs of the Lesson Plan Stems for Samson & Dalila, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Italian Girl in Algiers.