Through our Opera Tots program, many children in Pittsburgh schools have their first experiences with opera.

Learning through music is a time-honored and powerful educational tradition...how many of us learned our ABCs or historical events through melodies and rhythms? How is it that we still can recite these today, years (decades!) after first learning them?

By emphasizing the great storytelling opportunity in opera, the Opera Tots program invites children to learn melodies, dances, rhythms, characters, and story elements of the opera, with a goal of being able to engage their families in retelling the opera story. In 2016, students enjoyed learning about the characters, actions, movements, and motivations found in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, in both classroom workshops and a public performance for the whole family.

Watch the public performance of The Pirates of Penzance

For more information, contact Opera Theater Education Coordinator Christina Farrell at 412-621-1499 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Performance Venues

SummerFest performances take place on the Shadyside campus of Winchester Thurston School, either in the Falk Auditorium (all mainstage productions) or the Hilda Willis Room (Little Red Riding Hood and Night Caps).

Winchester Thurston School
555 Morewood Ave (at the corner of Ellsworth Avenue)
Pittsburgh  PA  15213

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