The Opera Lab

The Opera Lab will be touring schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in January and March, 2017!

The program will tour schools the week of January 30-February 3; and again from March 13-31. Additional sessions will be added in early May as needed.

To request an Opera Lab session at your school, complete the form below. Be sure to select THREE options and we will do our best to accommodate your requested date/time.

About The Opera Lab

The Opera Lab is an innovative highly interactive program designed to teach your students the A-B-and high Cs of opera! Guided by four professional singers specially trained in improvisation, your students will learn the building blocks of this fascinating art form and use them to construct their very own opera, performed for them on the spot.

With its music, theatrics, spectacle and humor, opera has everything people love. That is why year after year, community members and educators who experience Opera Santa Barbara’s programs beg for more. Opera Santa Barbara’s program, The Opera Lab brings an interactive build-an-opera adventure to your students – at no charge to your school!

Our educational outreach programs are made possible due to the generous support of corporate and individual donations. If you are interested in making a contribution to support this program, please contact the opera office.

Online Reservation

We present two school performances each weekday at 10:00am and at 1:00pm. These assemblies last one class period (about 45 minutes). If your school schedule necessitates a different performance time, please indicate in the “additional notes” section below and OSB will attempt to accommodate your students where possible.

  • Your Contact Information

  • Your Reservation Request

    Please list the 3 best dates for the Opera Lab to visit your students.
  • Student Information

    The Opera Lab is geared towards students grade 3 to 6. To keep the presentation engaging and interactive it has been designed for no more than about 80 students (2 to 3 classrooms.)
  • Location of Presentation

    The Opera Lab will come to your school with four singers and an accompanist. Your chosen performance space should be an indoor room large enough to accommodate the students and performers. Please also take into consideration your recess time, or when other children will be entering the location, such as lunchtime or assemblies and consult with your principal and school district about scheduled fire drills.

    Your space will need a performance-ready piano for use in the presentation. (If your school does not have a piano, let us know and we will make arrangements for the presentation.)
  • If “Other” please indicate in “Additional Notes” section below.
  • Have you confirmed availability for the location?
  • Does your school have a piano that will be available, in tune, and in your chosen performance space before our visiting artists arrival?
  • Program Agreement

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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