Up Next: Spring Benefit Concert at Grace Cathedral
Sunday, March 8th 2020

Once a year we come together to celebrate Little Opera’s work teaching students to write, compose, design, rehearse, and perform original opera. Our 2020 benefit concert will feature performances by students and guest singers Matt Boehler and Malikha Mayes as they showcase our favorite pieces written in Little Opera classrooms during the last five years.

100% of funds raised will go to benefit our student scholarship fund.

When: Sunday, March 8th 2020, 4:00pm
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco


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Singer and composer Maboehler smalltt Boehler has been hailed by The New York Times as “a bass with an attitude and the goods to back it up,” and by the San Francisco Classical Voice for music that “harnesses considerable expressive power.” As a bass, he has appeared with The Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Canadian Opera Company, Dallas Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Prototype Festival, New York City Opera, Theater St. Gallen, Ravinia Festival, and the New York Philharmonic, among many others. A frequent collaborator in contemporary classical music, his discography features many world premieres. He has premiered works by Mark Adamo, Erin Bregman, William Bolcom, Mark Campbell, Michael Gordon, John Musto, Kevin Puts, and will premiere a new opera by John Corigliano at Santa Fe Opera in 2021. As a composer, his recent commissions include works for Washington National Opera, Victory Hall Opera, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, he trained as an actor at Viterbo College, an opera singer at Juilliard, and as a composer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


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Malikha Mayes, soprano, was recently featured as Prima Donna in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos (Prologue) with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music during the 2019/2020 season. In recent years, she has had the pleasure of performing the role of Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Opera Scenes production and Mutter in Texas Tech Opera Theatre’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.  In the spring of 2016, Malikha performed as Dido in the Texas Tech University Singer’s staged production of Dido and Aeneas. She has performed the role of Mrs. Hayes in Texas Tech Opera Theatre’s production of Susannah by Carlisle Floyd, as well as an ensemble member in Le Nozze di Figaro and in The Phantom of the Opera. Malikha recently received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.



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Starting in September 2019, Little Opera at Grace brings kids in K-8th grade to Grace Cathedral after school to WRITE, COMPOSE, ACT, SING, DESIGN, & PERFORM their very own mini-operas. With the help of professional teaching artists, students will work from September to May on this ambitious project that challenges their imaginations.

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“From start to finish, this program is top notch.”
— Elena

“What I see as the greatest potential for this program is to help kids expand their view of themselves — to show our kids that they have it in them to do something really big, something they might not think they are capable of doing.”
— Hai Nhu

“If Gertrude had to spend the rest of her life behind bars or on a remote and hostile planet, she would be happy provided there was Little Opera at least twice a week. We would miss her, though.”
— Nathaniel

“If you look through the clouds of Little Opera, you actually see happiness, joy, and friendship.”
— Eleanor, 1st Grade

Why Opera?

It’s Ambitious. 

You can’t make opera until you learn to do everything:
Write.   Compose.   Act.   Sing.   Design.   Rehearse.   Perform.

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It’s Creative. 

Every single one of the thousands of ideas it takes to create an opera:
100% student imagined

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It’s Empowering. 

The #1 change parents report seeing in their children after a season at Little Opera:

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It’s Collaborative. 

After 130 hours of collaborating with his small mixed-aged group to make an opera, one 3rd grader’s biggest takeaway:

“I learned that sometimes my idea isn’t the best idea.”


Registration for our 2019-2020 Season is now open

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Little Opera’s mission is to build a vibrant creative community — through the creation and performance of original opera — that transcends divides and transforms the lives of children, families and artists.