"Not only did you demonstrate a high level of musicianship, but you were excellent actors and teachers. You were able to combine demanding music with just the right level of playfulness. I am so grateful that my students were able to experience interacting with you. "
"Best form of music I ever heard, ear-splitting and totally cool"
"Thanks for reminding us there is more to school than tests."
"This was so wonderful – and you never know who you might have touched today … it almost makes me weep"
"Superb! Bravo! Keep up the wonderful work! It is amazing to me to see the anticipation of a new opera each year. This was opera #6 for us. It has become an expected event every year from primary grades through the adults."
"you all inspire me to get up and try to do something… I've been in the opera all 3 years and it was a good experience every time."
"They were all filled with smiles and energy. I chose many students that have never had acting experience and OFY helped them come alive!.. My kindergartners were funny … they wanted MORE. They wished they could see it every day for the rest of their lives."
I wish Opera for the Young came EVERY Tuesday.
writing to tell you just how wonderful we think the Opera for the Young
program is. My daughter has seen three different shows of yours at her
school and loved every minute of them. This past year, she was even able
to participate in the show with some of her 4th grade classmates, which
was a thrill for all of them. Your shows are professional, adorable and
very kid-friendly. Allowing questions after the show and encouraging the
music teachers to learn the music and provide students to participate
sets your program miles above any other musical opportunities. Thanks
to Opera for the Young, my daughter and I now go to see one professional
opera every year in St. Paul. You’ve added a new dimension to our
lives. Thank you.
productions presented by Opera for the Young have been the highlight of
our school’s annual fine arts events for the past five years. Each
year countless numbers of students have enjoyed watching, performing and
thrilling in the excitement brought by the performers of this company…
Most of all I believe that having Opera for the Young at our school has
helped my children realize that opera is not a bad thing or a thing that
only grown-ups can enjoy or do.
for the Young captures the attention of a varied audience. Because of
that, each year Kindergarten-fifth graders, staff and parents at our school
look forward to the day of our opera. OFY has the wonderful ability to
provide a terrific introduction to opera for those new to the art form,
as well as delighting those of us who’ve loved it all our lives.
They cover a wide artistic spectrum with their program, which includes
children in a variety of ways, from costume and set design to singing.
They furnish great teaching resources tailor-made for different ages and
class situations. The artists who perform are gifted in touching their
audience through a memorable experience with opera. This program has become
something that our parent group now asks if we’d like them to fund!
Our country school, grades K through 9, has been hosting OFY for
five years now. The response of our students, faculty, support staff and
parents is unbelievable. I am the Music teacher and, when first asked
by my superintendent to be part of an opera, I was very reluctant as my
exposure to opera had been very limited. OFY has made an extremely positive
influence on my students and me…Thanks, OFY!
This is the cultural high point of our school year. How fortunate
for the children to be able to experience opera at such an early age,
in such an appealing format.
the music teacher of Midvale Elementary for the past 18 years, I have
witnessed MANY cultural arts presentations. NONE, however, have been up
to the standard of Opera for the Young…This is usually the first
opera for my students, and I can honestly say that they all walk away
with a sense of awe. They get totally turned on to opera, and I believe
the appreciation for this art form will stay with them throughout their