The Artists
Education and Community Outreach Programs

Lyric Opera Cleveland serves the community with educational programs that introduce children, youth and adults to the enchanting world of opera and musical theater. Our programs include:

Artist Apprentice Program, a training programming for emerging professional artists

OVERTURE!, our school touring show

Sing Out, a concert series traveling to assisted living centers

Community Opera Connection Program, bringing 1,200 youth and their families to the opera

Pre-performance Lectures, to deepen your understanding of the productions

Opera Lecture Series, presented by Jonathon Field, Lyric Opera Cleveland's Artistic Director

Summer Teacher's Institute, a licensure renewal program for music, drama, language arts and history teachers

Each are discussed below:

Artist Apprentice Program

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Lyric Opera's school touring show, OVERTURE, now in its fourth season, has been consistently popular with young audiences in Greater Cleveland. The show runs mid-April through mid-May and consistently sells out.

OVERTURE! is a 45-minute introductory program that focuses on the live performance experience, contact with singers and musicians, and addresses the essential points of:
Moods and Emotions
Acting and Singing as Simultaneous Disciplines
Expressive Qualities of Foreign Language
Vocal Ranges and Categories
The Story as a Focal Point
The Whole Picture: Characters, Exposition, Development of Plot, Conflict and

Teachers' Guides are available for pre-performance preparation.

The project is evaluated on a yearly basis with input from teachers and students through evaluation forms. The responses, coupled with personal discussions, have been helpful sources for program evaluation.

OVERTURE! is supported by the generosity of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Stocker Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and the Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation.

For more information, please call 216-685-5976.

Sing Out

This is a concert series designed specifically for people residing in assisted living centers. Sing Out brings a professional opera singer and music director to the center to perform in a 45-minute concert designed to enlighten the hearts and bring the outside world in. Sing Out is funded by the Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation. Sample centers booking the program include:

To book a concert, call 216-685-5976.

Community Opera Connection Program

The Connection Program brings 1,200 underserved youth and their families to the summer festival. The purpose of the program is introduce theater-going behavior, and opera, to families who have never experienced it. The intent is to create interest in the genre, and to motivate talented youth to consider singing as a career.

Tickets, transportation, educational materials and picnic snacks are provided for free. Families are identified through summer day camp programs, community agencies and educational institutions.

Funding is provided by Nord Family Foundation, Key Foundation, Lorain Community Foundation and the Fox Family Foundation.

To include your group, call 216-685-5987.

Pre-performance Lectures

One hour before every performance, Jonathon Field, Artistic Director, presents a lecture-discussion time designed to deepen the audience's understanding of the production. There is no charge for the lecture, and reservations are not required. Just show up at the theater and follow the signs to the room.

Lecture Series

Jonathon Field, Artistic Director, is available to address your group about the summer festival, the history of opera, or a production that might interest you. Groups enjoying lectures in the past have included: Cleveland Opera League; Brecksville Public Library; Intown Club; and others. To book a lecture, call 216-685-5982.

Summer Institute for Teachers

Lyric Opera Cleveland offers a graduate workshop at Cleveland State University, July 16-18, titled: Theater in the Community: A Backstage Door to Teacher Resources. Students will tour performing arts facilities around the city and learn about their educational programs, history, and how the facility can be used as a resource for instruction. Sites to visit include:
The Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, and the Fine Arts Collection at Cleveland Public Library (main).

Theater in the Community is one of many courses offered by a collaboration of institutions, including: Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland State University, Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland and Playhouse Square Center.

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