Education Programs

Opera Up Close - Focused to inspire grades 7-12, Opera Up Close offers groups an intimate opportunity to converse with talented, rising opera stars. The discussion focuses on issues of career and life coaching with an emphasis on the performing arts. Topics include education, mentorship, arts in the 21 st century, connecting to technology, balancing career and family, and professional conduct. Truly a living classroom, the presentation includes performance opportunities from both sides of the footlights and can be further focused to meet specific group needs.

Presentations can be tailored to suit community center, retirement community, and church group audiences. Please call (315) 475-4915 or e-mail

Open Dress Rehearsal

Syracuse Opera opens the dress rehearsal - held the Wednesday evening before each mainstage production - to educators and students interested in a real-world pedagogical experience. Music, theater, theater tech, literature, and foreign language students alike will benefit from this special access to the dress rehearsal. Generally offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a short program is presented by a member of Syracuse Opera's staff followed by the first act of the opera. You are, of course, welcome to stay until the rehearsal's conclusion. This is an exceptional opportunity for students to gain insight to the professional opera rehearsal process. For more information, please call (315) 475-5915 or e-mail

Syracuse Opera High School Ambassador Program 

Music teachers in Onondaga, Madison, and Oswego counties have been asked to nominate 4 students per high school to take part in this exciting new initiative! Our ambassadors will have unprecedented access to professional singers and production staff, closed rehearsals, unique creative marketing opportunities, and free tickets to all 3 productions! Led by Board Chairman and Interim Artistic Director Garrett Heater, a music teacher with the Oswego City School District, the Syracuse Opera High School Ambassador Program will begin its inaugural year with 'Carmen' in October! To place your students in this program please write to!