YPO’s In-School Opera program offers 30 minute productions of children’s operas that we bring on tour to your school. The performances include professional local opera singers, sets, costumes, and music. We choose operas that are written specifically for children in grades 1-6.
TOUR: The tour runs from January to March/April each year visiting approximately 35-40 schools annually. Click here to see the 2015 Schedule.
HOW DO WE PERFORM AT YOUR SCHOOL? Teachers and/or administrators who are interested in having the In-School Children’s Opera perform at your school can contact us regarding your interest; (see more details below). We encourage you to consider attending YPO’s Teachers’ Workshop that is given each year in the fall.
If you would like to have a performance at your school, here are some important points to review. Please click here to read important information about scheduling a school.
“The In School Opera has always held true to the YPO mission, to cultivate the love of opera and to promote opera education in the community,” says Producer, Julie Todaro. Since its inception, it is estimated that over 500,000 elementary children in public and private schools around South Florida have had the opportunity to view our professional programs of such operas as Hansel and Gretel, Ransom of Red Chief, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Cinderella, and Pied Piper. Many of the children would never have a chance to experience this genre of the arts if it weren’t for this In School Opera program.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
The Young Patronesses of the Opera (YPO) organization began the In-School Opera (ISO) program in 1975 under the guidance of YPO Past President, Louise P. Todaro. Louise, an accomplished musician, actress and director, produced the In School Opera from 1975 to 2006. In 2007, Louise became Producer Emeritus and handed the reigns over to her daughter, Julie, who now acts as the Producer and leads the production team of volunteers. Louise joined YPO in 1960 and was instrumental in forming many of our education programs. We lost her in 2014 at the age of 90 – she is greatly missed!
Dr. Warren Broome has been the Musical and Artistic Director of the In-School Opera program since it’s inception in 1975. He and Louise worked closely together to build the In-School Opera program for thousands of children to experience this genre of musical performance.
These In-School Operas performances cost approximately $1800 per school to produce, however, there is NO COSTS to the schools. The project is subsidized by the fundraising done by the members of YPO and through donations and grants that are raised. If you would like to support the In-School Opera program, please send all donations to the address below.
WE LOVE NOTES FROM THE CHILDREN! If you had the show at your school, we’d love to hear from you and your students. Please send all letters and thank you notes to the contact information below.
Young Patronesses of the Opera, Inc.
attn: Julie Todaro, Producer, In-School Opera
c/o Florida Grand Opera, Inc.
8390 NW 25th Street
Miami, Florida 33122
Photos on this page are from various In School Opera productions.