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Learn About Opera!

Opera is a multi-faceted art form, rich in fascinating history and colorful personalities. There is always something more to learn about opera, and Pittsburgh Opera provides a wide variety of programs to help you explore individual operas and the field in general. 

Education Programs at Pittsburgh Opera translate this multi-disciplinary art form into relevant, engaging, and enriching experiences for educators, students, schools, families, and adults. Pittsburgh Opera’s Education programs were recognized as a finalist at the 2019 International Opera Awards. We were the only opera company from the United States among the finalists. We invite you to join us to learn more.

More than ever, we believe that:

  • We all need art in our lives.
  • Kids need arts education to balance and enrich their learning experiences.
  • Pittsburgh Opera Education programs are constantly evolving to meet the needs of participants. Whether participating on Zoom or in person, we want you to enjoy learning something new about the arts.



  • Student Matinees
  • Opera Opportunity reduced-price tickets


  • Opera Trunks residencies with Interactive Presentations:

    - Madama Butterfly Trunks
    - Opera Improv Trunks
    - Carmen Trunks
    - Bravi Tutti Trunks (NEW!)
    - Tot Trunks (NEW!)


  • Opera Connections


  • Audio Commentary at Tuesday performances
  • OSHER courses through Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh


  • Individual Opera Study Guides
  • Arts Event Discovery Packet
  • Lesson Plan Stems

For more information about Pittsburgh Opera’s Education Programs, please email 
Marilyn Michalka Egan, Ph.D., Director of Education. 

Please note: Most programs require registration in advance. 

Pittsburgh Opera programs are generously supported by Allegheny Regional Assets DistrictPennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the EQT Foundation.

EQT_Logo_NoTag_CMYK_2014_300About The EQT Foundation: The EQT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of its operating regions. For more than a decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, diversity, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning and understanding, and focus on environmental protection efforts.