Vancouver Opera – Programs for Schools and Children

Programs for Schools and Children

Programs for Schools and Children

Programs from Schools and Children

Vancouver Opera offers a rich array of engaging programming for children and youth that seeks to fulfill our mission of “nurturing hearts, opening minds and broadening creativity through opera.”

Education Brochure

YVR Student Dress Rehearsal

Teachers and music educators are invited to book groups of students. We invite grade 4-12 students. 

One teacher or adult chaperone may be purchased at the same price per 10 student tickets.

A Study Guide for each production will be made available through our website in advance of the dress rehearsal.

The study guide will include a synopsis of the story, background information on the production and conversations with the artists and production team about the creative process of producing an opera. Designed for use in the classroom, the study guide will provide students with a window into the music, the story and the spectacle of the opera in advance of the performance.

Student Group Dress Rehearsal Tickets | $15

Individual tickets to dress rehearsals are available for $19 by calling the Ticket Center at 604-683-0222 or by purchasing in person at 1945 McLean Drive. Valid Student ID must be presented when purchasing or picking up your ticket.

Individual Dress Rehearsal Tickets | $19 

2019-2020  Dress Rehearsal Dates

All performances are at 7:00pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata
Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Gioachino Rossini
The Barber of Seville
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Julien Bilodeau
Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

* Limited tickets available

Reserve your tickets by calling or visiting the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre
604 683 0222 | 1945 McLean Drive

For assistance in coordinating large student groups, contact Courtney Dugan, Education and Community Projects Coordinator, at or 604-331-4835.

YVR Student Rush Tickets

With valid student ID, rush tickets are available for select performances during the run of each opera. Student rush tickets are available for purchase online on the day of the select performance. One ticket per person. Student ID must be presented for ticket pick up at the theater Box Office prior to the performance.

Follow Vancouver Opera on Facebook or Instagram for updates on which performances will be available.

Student Rush Tickets | $25 

Primary Programs

Project Opera

Project Opera is a highly interactive program for students that brings the magic of opera into the classroom. Students and teachers will work in collaboration with Teaching-Artists from Vancouver Opera to write, stage and perform their own opera based on source material from the classroom.

Elementary – Grades Two to Seven

Inspiration can come from anywhere – retell the story of a class novel, delve into the experiences of Canadian history or explain the water cycle through song – anything and everything can be explored through opera!

Secondary – Grades Eight to Ten

With a deeper focus on song writing and building personal connections, Project Opera has been developed and modified for secondary students with a focus on the humanities and Indigenous education.

Program length: 5 to 6 weeks
Session: 2 sessions per week of up to one hour (10 hours total)
Classes: Program includes two classes in one school
Program fee: $500 (plus tax where applicable)

Fill out the Project Opera request form

Please submit your completed form to

Secondary Programs

Work Experience

An intense three-week accredited program.

Open to Grade 11 and 12 students in Metro Vancouver, this redesigned program is for students considering a professional or amateur career in the arts. Participants will watch rehearsals, interview cast and production staff, and have full backstage access to the opera of their choice.

What’s new? In response to student feedback, the program now includes specific work tasks to be performed at each rehearsal and will include music, theatre and technical tasks that are integral to a successful production.

Fill out the Work Experience application

Please submit your completed form to

Opera Experience

Look behind the curtain to learn what it takes to stage an opera. Classes will participate in a workshop with professional artists from across the wide variety of art forms that come together to create opera. Students will also receive a backstage tour of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre or the Vancouver Playhouse before attending a performance.

2019-2020 Performance Dates

All performances are at 7:30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata
Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Gioachino Rossini
The Barber of Seville
Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Julien Bilodeau
Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera
Wednesday, April 29th and Thursday, April 30th, 2020

The pre-show workshop can take place at the school up to two weeks before the performance or can be included as part of the backstage tour.

Fill out the Opera Experience request form

Minimum of 10 students up to a maximum of 30 plus up to 3 chaperones per performance.

Limited availability. Tickets $35 each

Please submit your completed form to

Delta School District – Performance Academy with Vancouver Opera

Joining the Delta School District’s roster of Academies, this program gives high school students who love to sing, act and create the opportunity to work with professionals from Vancouver Opera and with educators specializing in music and theatre.

Registration opens February 1st for the September 2019 program.

The Performance Academy with Vancouver Opera is located at Delta Secondary School and open to all grade 8 – 12 students in the Delta and other school districts. Students in the program will earn credits towards graduation. Transportation from Delta secondary schools is available.

For two blocks every second afternoon, students who love theatre and music will be able to pursue their passions by studying voice, acting, script and score writing and attending master classes with professionals. Students in the Academy will also attend Vancouver Opera dress rehearsals, go backstage, have opportunities to participate in apprenticeship programs and participate in the Vancouver Opera Festival 2018.

More Information

For more information, contact Paige Hansen, Vice Principal – Academies with the Delta School District at