Opera Lab

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The Opera Lab is a set of digital resources for secondary teachers that can be used in the classroom or at home. Inspired by the content of VO’s Digital Season, each resource package includes online access to one of this season’s four operas, background information on the production, and a series of activities for students that address the Big Ideas in the arts, humanities, and career education curricula for students in Grades 8 to 12. Opera Lab resource materials are now available for VO’s production of The Music Shop.

Resource Materials for The Music Shop

The Music Shop premieres on March 13, 2021. To make use of the following Opera Lab resource materials, please ensure you have purchased a single ticket for our latest opera production for your class or students, and have emailed Jacci Collins at jcollins@vancouveropera.ca with the email address of your digital ticket account.


  1. Downloadable study guide:  Download Now | View Online
  2. Activity-based videos taught by VO Teaching Artists: Watch Now
  3. Your opportunity for a virtual, interactive info session or lecture/demonstration with our Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists or Teaching Artists. Please email Jacci Collins at jcollins@vancouveropera.ca to arrange your session.


A mild-mannered man comes to the music shop on an urgent mission–to purchase music for a song that his wife has been requested to sing at the wedding of the prince. Unfortunately, he cannot remember the title or the tune. What ensues are hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian soprano wife, his own unhappy fate when he returns empty-handed and a mad scramble through the entire stock of ‘the largest collection of music in all of Russia’ in a desperate attempt to recognise the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop.



Watch Opera

Available from
Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Activity Videos

with VO Teaching Artist Eve-Lyn de la Haye

Download Lesson Plan

with VO Teaching Artist Cassie Luftspring

Download Lesson Plan

Please stay tuned for future openings or similar offerings For more information about our Virtual Learning programs, please contact Jacci Collins at jcollins@vancouveropera.ca.

Find out more about Vancouver Opera’s 2020-2021 Season Subscription

Photo credit: Stephanie Tritchew and Andreas Dala in Amahl and the Night Visitors (2020). Photo by Autumn Coppaway.