Learn about Opera

Learn About Opera

Student Night at the Opera


Educate through experience…allow your students the opportunity to learn about the timeless art form of opera through Manitoba Opera’s Student Night at the Opera. (more...)


What is Opera: A Guide to the Art of Opera for New Audiences

Curriculum Connections: Music and Drama


Study Guides

  Madama Butterfly
  Curriculum Connections: Music and Drama
                                          English Language Arts



  Of Mice and Men

  The Marriage of Figaro


  La Bohème

  Don Pasquale


  The Magic Flute 



The Barber of Seville

Madama Butterfly

Il Trovatore

Così Fan Tutte

Don Giovanni

The Elixir of Love

The Marriage of Figaro

La Traviata

Lucia di Lammermoor 


Transit of Venus

Composer Bios

Gaetano Maria Donizetti

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Giacomo Puccini

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Giuseppe Verdi



Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci

Così Fan Tutte

Don Giovanni

Elixir of Love, The

ll Trovatore (The Troubadour)

Lucia di Lammermoor

Madama Butterfly

Marriage of Figaro, The


The Librettists

Ludovic Halévy

Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Henri Meilhac (1831-1897)

Suggested Opera Books & Articles

Boyden, Matthew. Opera, The Rough Guide, The Rough Guides Ltd, 1997.

Cross, Milton. The Complete Stories of the Great Operas, Doubleday, 1952.

Earl of Harewood, ed. The New Kobbe’s Complete Opera Book, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1976.

Forman, Sir Denis. A Night at the Opera, Random House Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1994.

Jellinek, George. History Through the Opera Glass, Pro. Am Music Resources, 1994.

Orrey, Leslie (Rodney Milnes ed.). A Concise History of Opera, Thames and Hudson, 1987.

Plotkin, Fred. Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning & Loving Opera, Hyperion, 1994.

Sadie, Stanley, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Macmillan Press Ltd., 1992.

Simon, Henry. One Hundred Great Operas and Their Stories, Doubleday, 1989.

Stage Management: Theatre's Air Traffic Controllers

Article by Paul Skiryzk, Tosca Stage Manager

Read the complete article here

Before God

Tosca Perspectives Article by Rory Runnells

Read the complete article here


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