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Education & Access

Educational Programming

We truly believe that opera can build human connection, empathy, excellence, and transformation in anyone who experiences it. We recognize the historic barriers of access, equity, and diversity which still prevent many from participating in the art form. With these guiding principals, Festival Opera is committed to breaking down walls of access by cultivating educational, mentorship, and career advancement opportunities for singers and other creatives to add their voices to the operatic art form. We continue to build partnerships with local educational institutions in the East Bay, and beyond, to provide access and a pipeline for students to get involved with opera on both sides of the curtain - as audience members, and in production behind the scenes.

Giving Students a Voice
We Offer: 
  • Free workshops, master classes, and individual instruction for aspiring and emerging singers in the Bay Area.

  • Mentorship/internship opportunities for future creatives in production, lighting design, costume design, makeup & wig design, stage management, stagehands and crew. 

  • Opportunities for performance with the Festival Opera chorus, as supernumeraries (silent, acting roles), and for emerging artist apprentices to cover (understudy) principal roles and perform alongside established professional artists from around the country. 

  • Performance opportunities in operatic pop-ups and other community events throughout the year.

  • A home base for artists to collaborate and build mainstage productions in a safe and nurturing environment with the highest artistic standards.

For information on our educational programming and opportunities, please email: info (at) 

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