Q: How can kids write their own Opera? Isn’t it just for old people who like classical music?
A: Opera is for everyone! If you can tell a story and sing a tune as you walk down the street, you can write an opera–at it’s most basic level, opera is telling stories through music, which (it turns out) most children have a natural affinity for.
Q: Who can take classes?
A: Any student between kindergarten and 8th grade (and as our students get older, we’re hoping to get older with them).
Q: When and Where are classes held?
A: Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays at West Portal Elementary School. Our k/1 class meets from 3-4pm, and our 2nd-8th graders meet from 4:00-6:00pm. Occasionally we have weekend all day events to supplement the year. For full class schedule and location information, go here.
Q: I see classes go from September through May. Can I enroll my kid for just a few weeks here and there?
A: Not if your student is in 2nd-8th grade. Because our students are working together to create a brand new opera, it’s necessary for them to attend the entire year. K/1 students can enroll for the whole year, or a single 2-month session depending on their interest.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Tuition is a sliding scale, and depends on what each family can pay. Full tuition is $1,800 a year (2nd-8th grade), and $850 a year (k/1). For questions about sliding scale tuition, email erin[at]littleopera[dot]org for more information.
Q: What are the Master Classes about?
A: Opera encompasses so many aspects of the arts (music, theater, design, dance, stage combat, puppetry) that it is impossible for us to be experts in all of them. Instead of pretending to know more than we do, we bring in professional artists from other disciplines to lead master classes throughout the year.
Q: Do the Master Classes cost extra?
A: No! They are part of the Little Opera program, and are included in the tuition for the year.
Q: How big are the classes?
A: We limit our classes to 12 students, and there are always two teachers in the room–three when we have visiting Guest Teachers.