Middle and High School Education

Our 2015 educational program will be slightly different than those in the past. This year's program will involve students in all grades K-12, in two different projects. Our K-5 program is built along with a new production of Wallace De Pue's 1985 opera, The True Story of The Three Little Pigs,  delightful and witty take on the fairy tale classic.  Our grades 6-12 project will involve workshop performances of Opera Theater's newest commission, A New Kind of Fallout, written by Gilda Lyons and Tammy Ryan, and based on the works of Pittsburgh native environmentalist, Rachel Carson.

The True Story of The Three Little Pigs

for grades K-5

This production offers a superb introductory opera for young audiences and a natural vehicle for literature, vocabulary, history, and musical styles and genres. The student performances will take place at a local Pittsburgh venue in the last week of February 2015. The opera will then be revived as part of the company’s summer festival offerings in July 2015, with a performance each Saturday of the festival at 11:00 am. Don't miss this great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy opera together!

More information coming soon!

A New Kind of Fallout

for grades 6-12

With this developmental workshop of A New Kind of Fallout (working title), Opera Theater offers young audiences a wonderful opportunity to see a new opera in its early stage. With music by noted composer Gilda Lyons (Night Caps: Moonlight Suite from 2012) and a libretto by Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan (A Soldier's Heart, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods), A New Kind of Fallout is an evening-length work touching on the life of Rachel Carson, the Pittsburgh-trained scientist and author whose seminal 1962 work, Silent Spring, helped launch the environmental movement in the United States. Carson was born in nearby Springdale, PA, and attended Pittsburgh College for Women (now Chatham University). 

Opera Theater will present semi-staged workshop performances of this new American opera for students in February 2015. The working title is quoted from Carson’s 1963 Congressional testimony. 

More information coming soon!

Read more about the North Hills School District's participation in last year's The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County educational program. 


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The Education Program is comprised of the following elements:

Teacher’s Study Guide

Opera Theater provides teachers with materials to explore opera and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and A New Kind of Fallout.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Workshops

Opera Theater provides elementary, middle, and high schools with classroom visits prior to the production, presenting excerpts of the work with a singer and pianist to students.

Student Matinee Performances

Free student matinees take place at 9:30 and 11:00 am, during the last week of February. Prior to the performances the director gives a talk to students, and the performance is be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

For more information, please call Yvonne Hudson or Dennis Robinson, Jr. at 412-621-1499, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..