Students of all ages are fascinated and enthralled by the grand spectacle of opera. Pittsburgh Opera provides exciting opportunities for students to learn more about opera.
Each year, Pittsburgh Opera produces a special Student Matinee attended by 2,500+ school students grades 3–12. For our 2023–24 season, our Student Matinee is of The Barber of Seville.
The Barber of Seville
The fun “prequel” story to The Marriage of Figaro
Music by Gioachino Rossini • Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Bring your students to a complete mainstage performance of Rossini’s humorous opera with full orchestra, top-quality singers, chorus, and production elements. Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.
The story: Begin with a fellow who’s smitten by a pretty girl, add a busy barber (Figaro) to a funny production, and the result is a popular favorite. There’s recognizable music and comedic staging. Figaro says, “Don’t miss this opera—it’s a perfect opera for young people!”
Who: Suggested for grades 3–12
Where: Benedum Center, 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
When: Thursday, October 19, 2023, 10:15 am–1:00 pm
Tickets: Only $12 for students and adults.
At least one teacher from each school must attend the prerequisite Workshop for Educators before tickets are issued.
A unique and stimulating professional learning opportunity for teachers of all grade levels in all content areas. Offered via Zoom on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 10:30 am–12:00 pm. The workshop is recorded so that participants can attend live or at a later time. Free for teachers from schools that book 50 seats, otherwise $100 per teacher.
- The Barber of Seville Study Guide and PowerPoint are emailed before the workshop.
- During the workshop, the opera’s story and context, a Resident Artist presentation and chat, and matinee logistics are provided.
- Additional materials emailed after the workshop include lesson ideas and an extensive Arts Discovery Packet—filled with activities to create learning opportunities around the opera, and to address Academic Standards in all content areas.
Students and teachers from eligible middle and high schools may purchase reduced-price opera tickets for Pittsburgh Opera performances. Ticket prices range from $4 to $11, and are based on a sliding scale according to a school's percentage of free/reduced price lunch. Teachers attend a workshop and get materials to prepare students. Some schools have even created Opera Clubs!