The student matinee performance of Daughter of the Regiment, May 2015
The Student Matinee performance of Daughter of the Regiment, May 2015

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.


Student Matinee for Grades 3-12: Hansel & Gretel
Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Benedum Center

Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Humperdinck’s opera is a fantastical story of siblings who navigate an enchanted forest full of twists, turns, and the gingerbread house of a wicked witch. It will take all their wits to escape! The student matinee is a complete mainstage performance with full orchestra, top quality singers, and magical production elements.

Opera performances for students take place at the Benedum Center. At least one teacher from each school must attend the prerequisite Workshop for Educators before tickets are issued.

For more information about bringing your student group to the Student Matinee of Hansel & Gretel, please email Marilyn Egan, Director of Education, or call her at 412-281-0912, ext. 242.

High School Apprentices

A great start for students who are considering a career in the performing arts. This select program for opera enthusiasts from area high schools gives students the opportunity to inform their potential career decisions through discussions and coaching sessions. Students complete an academic project of interest to them and may attend other events to learn more about opera from behind the scenes. Please email Marilyn Egan, Director of Education, or call her at 412-281-0912, ext. 242 for more information.

High School Vocal Mock Auditions

All singers must audition numerous times throughout their careers—especially when starting out. This program provides opportunities for students to experience an abbreviated, college-type audition process, complete with professional feedback, to help them assess their musical capabilities and prepare them for an actual college audition.

The 2018-19 High School Vocal Mock Auditions applications are due by October 26thDownload the brochure and application. To learn more information about High School Vocal Mock Auditions or for questions, please email Marilyn Michalka Egan, Ph.D., Director of Education, or call her at 412-281-0912, ext 242.