Palm Beach Opera’s Education Programs are presented as part of the Goldner Center for Children’s Opera Education.


OPERA: Stories Told Through Singing

Palm Beach Opera’s education programs bring live opera to our community, inspire life-long interest in the arts, and present thoughtful, engaging education programs for learners of all ages.

Each one of us has a unique story, personal experiences worth sharing, and opera helps share those stories!

At Palm Beach Opera, we believe that opera tells stories to which we can all relate, and that is why the operatic art form has thrived for centuries. The education programs at Palm Beach Opera plug the community directly into those stories, revealing timeless tales of love, passion, and joy! We challenge each person to find their own connection to opera’s stories, inspiring learners of all ages to explore the world of opera! At Palm Beach Opera there is something for everyone!



PBO Story Time Series


Become a part of the opera story!

Palm Beach Opera provides a sing-a-long story telling experience for younger audiences. Children are brought into the pages of opera’s famous tales, learning and singing memorable tunes from the opera/musical score. The PBO Story Time Series is a hands on, engaging program for young minds!

Debuting in September 2015


Opera Discovery: Community Concert Series

Opera classics in concert!

Each season, Palm Beach Opera partners with area theaters and organizations to bring opera into the community. PBO Young Artists and guest artists take to the stage to present a selection of opera’s famed arias, duets, and ensemble numbers. Concerts are followed by a Q&A session where curious minds have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the artists!

All Ages
Curriculum available
Advance reservation/ticket purchase required dependent on venue

Concerts in the Classroom


Photos l to r: Young Artist Head Coach, Timothy Cheung, teaches an eager crowd about opera at Benoist Farms Elementary.  Young Artist Nicholas Nestorak (tenor) serenades keyboard and vocal students at Bak Middle School.

Palm Beach Opera turns your classroom into a stage! Our Young Artists present interactive program of music at your school. Young Artists also spend time talking with your students, answering questions, and discussing elements of opera: performing, practicing, healthy behaviors, productions, traveling, languages, and pedagogy. We can customize the repertoire and/or discussion to your curriculum to help reinforce lessons being learned in the classroom. Additionally, Concerts in the Classroom are accompanied by Resource Guides to prepare your class for our visit, increasing the opportunity for engaging conversation between the artists and the students.

2015/2016 Season Available Dates
Dates will be available here in August 2015

Additional sponsorship provided by Rita Denerstein.


Opera Rehearsal 101

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the production process at Palm Beach Opera! We are pleased to offer groups of 10 or more middle and high school students and their teachers the chance to view a working dress rehearsal. While watching the mainstage performance, participants will notice production crew (director, stage manager, designers) in the theater, working hard to fine tune the show before the opening night performance! Although admission is free, tickets are required and seating is limited. Put your request in today!

2016 Season Opera Rehearsal 101 Opportunities

by Georges Bizet
Thursday, January 21, 2016
(Sung in French with English supertitles)

by Gaetano Donizetti
Thursday, February 18, 2016
(Sung in Italian with English supertitles)

by Richard Strauss
Thursday, March 17, 2016
(Sung in German with English supertitles)

Interested in bringing a group to Opera Rehearsal 101?
Read the following information, review the guidelines, and submit your request today!

Program Cost: Free

Program Guidelines

Opera Rehearsal 101 is open to groups of 10 or more students and their teachers. Homeschool groups of 10 or more are also welcome.

Please note that at least 70% of the attendees in each group must be students.

This program is for students in grades 6-12 only.

Admission is FREE. However, tickets are required for admission and must be reserved at least 2 weeks prior to the rehearsal date.

Minimum ticket request is 10 and at least 70% of the attendees in each group must be students. Maximum ticket request is 50 seats. Only one ticket request per school will be accepted.

All tickets will be held at the Kravis Center Will Call table in the theater lobby.

The dress rehearsal will take place in Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Rehearsals begin promptly at 7:30 pm at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Latecomers will not be admitted to the theater so be sure to arrive early.

Food and beverage is not permitted in the theater. Outside foods or beverages are not permitted in the building.

The registration form for the 2016 season will be available in August 2015.


PBO Studio

“This program was the best thing I ever did for my voice! High schoolers, take advantage!” – 2013-2014 PBO Studio Apprentice

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Photos l to r: Joe Cremona, Director of Finance and Administration, with PBO Studio apprentices Kendall Hughes (left) and Cara Young (right) at Opera @ The Waterfront.  PBO Studio apprentices are afforded the opportunity to work with PBO’s professional production team, singers, and actors. PBO Studio apprentice Kyle Cortez (tenor) works with Young Artist Nicholas Nestorak (tenor) in preparation for an upcoming audition.

PBO Studio is a high school apprentice program intended for high school students age 16 or over who are enrolled in a theater or vocal program or those who intend to pursue music (voice) after graduation. Selected participants will have behind-the-scenes access to performances and rehearsals, interaction with artists, industry professionals and stage personnel, and voice lessons and master class sessions with our artistic personnel and visiting artists.

In order to apply, interested students are asked to submit an application, audition recording, letter of recommendation, and an essay response. Please note that this program requires a six month commitment.

2015/2016 Season schedule and application will be available here in May 2015

Opera OUT Loud

Making connections between opera and the LGBTQ community.

The mission of Opera OUT Loud is:

To encourage the discovery of librettos to which LGBTQ youth can identify and relate and to increase awareness about opera.

To research and catalogue operatic repertoire whose centralized plot or characters are representative of the LGBTQ community.

To spotlight professionals in the opera industry who identify with the LGBTQ community or who positively contribute to operatic works that center around LGBTQ characters or plots.

To provide a resource to those looking for LGBTQ affirming opera events.

Visit Opera OUT Loud

Resource Guides for Teachers

Interested in learning more about opera? Check out our resource materials and get acquainted with all that happens at Palm Beach Opera!

Click the links to download as PDF files.






Questions about our education programs? Contact Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell by calling 561.835.7566 or at