Project Opera



Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for young singers in grades 7-12. Students from all over Minnesota sing, study, rehearse, and connect with their peers, strengthening their musical and personal voices all while learning about opera.  Each year Project Opera performs one opera specifically composed for kids for audiences of kids. Project Opera singers also serve as the children’s chorus in Minnesota Opera main stage productions. This innovative program is for all singers who love to sing and want to want to learn about communicating through singing. Be part of one of the most exciting and unique programs in the country!

Graduates of Project Opera go on to enrich their communities in many ways.  Our students have gone on to study music at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Oberlin College Conservatory, Lawrence Conservatory, Luther College, and St. Olaf College, among others, and have performed with opera companies throughout the US, Canada, and Europe including: Glyndebourne Opera Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Theater of St Louis, Portland Opera, Cincinnati, ASZVF Opera, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sarasota Opera, Theater Koblenz, Madison Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Saratoga, Mill City Opera, Skylark Opera, and Minnesota Opera.


COVID-19 Notice:

We have been hard at work crafting the best way to resume Project Opera this Fall, following CDC guidelines as closely as possible.  As of now, our plan is to begin rehearsals in person (masked) on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at the Minnesota Opera Center for a series of opera scenes that culminate in a performance in January or February. Rehearsals for all participants will be held on Saturday mornings, but specific times will be determined based on the needs of the ensemble. We also will host several workshops on topics opera-related and professional music-making topics to aid in pre-professional development and an understanding of the field.  Unfortunately, at this time, we do not feel that it is prudent to undertake a full opera.

In order to protect the students and our staff, Minnesota Opera will be requiring all members of Project Opera to be fully vaccinated by the start of the program.  Accordingly, we will need to limit participation in Project Opera to those twelve and older this season.

If you would like to participate in Project Opera this season, please complete a registration form by Monday, August 30.  We will develop the program roster and contact list from this form, as there will be no tuition costs associated with any part of the program going forward.

Please, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.  We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we work to negotiate the changes necessary for keeping the program strong.


With warm regards,

Matt Abernathy, Interim Music Director (
Pablo Siqueiros, Creative Development Programs Director (
Lee Bynum, Vice President Impact (


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