Opera Carolina

Opera Carolina

Opera Carolina, the region’s largest professional opera company, has been providing area students, teachers, and families with not only first-rate performances, but also a wonderful vehicle into their classroom curriculum through its educational programs.  Since 1971, Opera Carolina has been

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Student Night at the Opera


Program description

An unforgettable outing for students (K-12), school groups, homeschool groups, and families. With low cost tickets, some of the best seats in the Belk Theater, and timeless tales set to incredible music, First Night is the perfect cultural experience for the Charlotte region’s youth!

First Night features:

-pre-rehearsal performances by local students
-Q&A with cast members at intermission...

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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Out-of-School-Time, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Music, Theater
Cultural Origin: European
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Music, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Macbeth: November 7, 2019

La bohème: January 16, 2020

I Dream:April 2020 (date TBD)


Available times:

All performances begin at 7:00pm.


Length of program: 2.5-3 hours
Space / technical requirements:

Not applicable.


Belk Theater Blumenthal Performing Arts Center 130 N. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 20202

Fees / Ticketing:

$10/Student & $15/Adult

Buy 20 tickets, get 5 additional tickets free.  For group and individual tickets, please contact Opera Carolina directly at 704.332.7177 x105.

In-classroom workshops: $100 per day day on site (two 90-minute class periods)


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL1: Students will work together to discuss and debate the topics of the opera, their meanings in their set time and in today’s time, and will evaluate effectiveness, morality, and consequences.

L4 and L6: Students will explore meaning of unkown genre-specific words and word origins as well as terms to define movements in artforms; students will also be given prompts to explore further depth and meaning of these terms.

W3, W6 and W9: In short, students will use a vast array of resources to continue research on presented ideas from the opera and will gather, organize, and create their own narratives -literary, visual, or musical-of the opera or other topics to share.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Music K-12 Standards: CR.1: Students will use opera as a vehicle to understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music (and the operatic art form).

MR.1: Students will understand the interacting elements to respond to opera and opera performances, including but not limited to, performance etiquette, using musical terminology to give responses, and interpreting meaning in the music and libretto.

From the Social Studies Standards: K-12.C.1: Students will use the operatic experience to explore all facets of culture, how it is expressed through opera and other art forms, and how these cultures are similar and different to our own.



Reflections from student attendees: 

“This was great! Thank you for the opportunity to see an opera for an affordable price – loved it!”

“This opera was amazing. It brought tears to my eyes several times. The actors showed the pure love and devotion to their work.”

“I really enjoyed it! I really got into it… it got me interested in opera and I can’t wait for next year!”

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation of attendance must be given two weeks prior to event.  In the event of cancellation less than two weeks prior, attendees may be subject to pay partial ticket fees.