Opera San Jose
Opera San José is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, it specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. Its performances are always dramatically stimulating and vocally
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One-Act Assembly Program: Little Red Riding Hood
In the 2019-20 school year, Opera San José will introduce a brand new production of Little Red Riding Hood as part of its popular opera assembly program. Based on the classic children’s story, performances feature costumed singers and a professional pianist and last approximately 50-55 minutes. Little Red Riding Hood is a superb introductory opera for young audiences and a natural vehicle for... View more
Performances of Little Red Riding Hood available from 10/1/2019 – 06/30/2020, subject to singer/pianist availability. Use this form to submit three dates/times in order of preference.
8 am – 9 pm
A standard school auditorium or cafeteria is more than adequate.
Performances can take place at schools, libraries and other community venues.
$500 for one performance; $850 for two, back-to-back performances.
“I teach 6th grade, and I have to admit I was skeptical as to how my students would react. I think the enjoyed it quite a lot. They were sitting forward in their seats, and laughing at the appropriate parts. It was fun to see some of them so involved.”
Heather Samson, Teacher: Baldwin Elementary
“Our students (Special Education Pre-schoolers and general education students for K-6) were totally engaged. Their interests and engagement was impressive. They had more questions to ask than we had time to indulge. The pacing of the opera was perfectly suited to the wide range of abilities and levels of maturity. I cannot say how pleasantly surprised we were that our entire student body sat totally tuned in. They laughed, little ones sat with mouths gapped open and others were so involved they unknowingly engaged in dialogue with the characters as they performed. It was a delight to see and experience. Most of our students had not heard the story of the Billy Goats and maybe one knew what an opera was…now they have experienced one and were engrossed to the fullest extent. They also enjoyed watching the piano player. I know seeds were planted today and I cannot thank you and The Shortino Foundation for your generosity to afford our students this exposure and experience. Students told me all day long how much they enjoyed the Opera as did teachers! We sincerely thank you and all those who were involved to make this opportunity possible for our much deserving students. Without you, it would not have happened for them and they sat so attentively.”
Joyce Millner, Principal: Baldwin Elementary
“This was fantastic! I love operas myself, since I lived in Italy more than 13 yrs. and this is the BEST way to introduce what the Opera is to children.” Margarita Harden, Teacher:
“They were a captured audience. Thank you! The theme of bullying is so appropriate these days and the kids could relate to the characters.” Natasha Wexler, Principal: Mildred Goss Elementary
“This seemed to be the first experience students have had with opera. Students were engaged and had questions about the type of singing involved in the performance. We are very thankful for the San Jose Opera coming and presenting to Olinder Elementary School students. Special thanks to the donations by the San Jose Womens’ Club and the Shortino Foundation.” Carla Torres, Principal: Olinder Elementary
“The preparation that the teachers did with the materials provided really allowed for very focused and respectful engagement during the entire performance. Even though the cafeteria was full of excited children, they certainly were engaged and in awe of the performance and the talent being presented. This is the 2nd year that we have been able to be funded through sponsorships. The students would NOT have such a cultural experience without such sponsorships. Students were even asking, “what are they going to present next year?”. That is great testimony of how they are enjoying such experiences and learning about the arts in a “real life” setting. Thank you so much for always being so professional and also for the sponsorships. What great opportunities our kiddos are getting. :o)”
Sara Perez, Teacher: Gardner Academy
Cancellation must be received in writing within 7 days of the performance.