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Lesson plans

The Prospector (just added)
for Elementary students

These lessons will introduce your students to opera through LA Opera Connects' opera, 
The Prospector (it's our fun take on The Girl of the Golden West by Puccini). LAO at Home will be Livestreaming this opera on Tuesday, April 7 at 2pm HERE.

In this bundle you will find:

  • The Prospector Libretto
  • Discovery Through Libretto - California Gold Rush history, synopsis, and activities of short questions
  • Learn The Storyboard - reading the synopsis & storyboarding events
  • Plot Points Lesson - synopsis activity
  • Building Background Knowledge - "Who" and "What" Was the California Gold Rush?
  • Make Your Own Coyote Hat

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Opera Time Periods: Meet the Composers!
for Elementary and Secondary students

These worksheets introduce students to opera composers and music from the Baroque and Classical Periods. Designed to help them identify one of the most recognizable periods of the art form through listening, safe online research, and fun, these activities are aligned with Common Core Standards for Informational Texts and can be integrated into other coursework or used as stand-alone guides to new information. 

Baroque Period
View Elementary lesson 
View Secondary Lesson (grades 7-12) 

Classical Period
View Elementary lesson 
View Secondary Lesson


Opera Vocabulary
for Elementary & Secondary students
These opera vocabulary worksheets will help your students learn and use operatic terms like the pros!

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View Secondary lesson (grades 7-12)


Carmen Listening Guide
for Secondary students
Use this guide as you listen in to one of the world's most beloved and frequently performed operas, Bizet's Carmen! With listening tips, questions to help you analyze the plot and characters, and a scene-by-scene breakdown, you'll master the sounds, recognize the foreshadowing, and understand the depth of this operatic masterpiece. Designed for students in grades 7-12.

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Opera for educators - Educator guides

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Sept. 2019)  
Eurydice by Matthew Aucoin (Jan. 2020)  
The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Oct. 2019)  
Roberto Devereux by Gaetano Donizetti (Feb. 2020)  

More information on Opera for Educators can be found here

Aria Analysis
for Elementary & Secondary students
The worksheets below help students with their listening and textual analysis skills while following Common Core and VAPA Standards. (Although we have included suggested grade levels for each aria, please review each video as content may not be suitable for all age groups.)

Figaro's American Adventure 

for Elementary & Secondary students
These lessons will introduce your students to opera through LA Opera Connects' opera, Figaro's American Adventure (it's our fun take on The Barber of Seville by Rossini). 

In this bundle, you will find:
  • Figaro's American Adventure - Libretto
  • Figaro's American Adventure - Lessons/activities for elementary (best for grades 4-6)
  • EISO+ - A collection of STEAM exercises for students to identify important elements of set design by choosing items based on text. They learn to manipulate budgets and scales. An answer key is provided, as well as the set items (that students would need to print from home).
  • A secondary (7-12) lesson plan that incorporates listening skills with text-based analysis. 

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German Opera
for Elementary & Secondary students

German Opera Tales
This booklet contains several activities for elementary students to learn about German opera and composers, as well as a full lesson plan to help them contextualize Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck.

German Opera History Project
The German Opera History Project is designed for students in grades 7-12. This project helps students to synthesize their research into a report that investigates German opera composers and the importance of their works in the opera world.