Opera in the Classroom

Music is crucial to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health of children – and singing requires all of these.

History

Since 2009, Bellissima Opera Outreach has performed for 23,000 students, from pre-k to 12, in the Chicagoland area and surrounding states. Bellissima Opera’s singers are all seasoned professionals who have performed as soloists with some of the country’s leading opera companies and orchestras. 

Workshops

The opera Future Perfect, set to premiere in 2021, is drawn from five years of workshops with Chicago youth in seven schools as part of Bellissima Opera’s Outreach program. With the help of professional musicians, poets, and artists, 1300 students participated in writing and drawing workshops exploring the concepts of separateness, interconnectedness and transcendence through a variety of lenses. The substantial body of work resulting from these workshops has inspired Future Perfect – a modern tale of transcendence.

Bellissima Opera Outreach has performed at these schools:

​Al Raby High School
Banneker Elementary
Chicago International Charter 
Chickaming Elementary
Claremont Math & Science Academy
Lane Tech High School
Nicolas Senn High School
Kinzie Elementary
Lincoln Middle School
Notre Dame for Girls
Oak Park River Forest ​High School

children in a school auditorium

River Valley Elementary
Sommerset Elementary
St. Bernadine 
St. Ferdinand
St. John’s Elementary
St. Mary of the Woods Elementary
St. Robert Bellarmine
Three Oaks High School
Three Oaks Elementary
Unity School
Walther Lutheran High School