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Seattle Opera.

The Youth Opera Project

The Youth Opera Project

October 2018 - March 2019

Seattle Center and Seattle Opera Studios

$950. Financial Assistance is Available.

Presented by Seattle Opera in Partnership with Seattle Public Theater

The Youth Opera Project is a comprehensive opera training program designed to guide youth through the journey of producing an opera. Students age 7–18 of all experience levels will explore stagecraft, singing, acting, dancing, and more, culminating with public performances of an opera at Cornish Playhouse in March.

Youth participants will work with professional teaching artists in a fun and safe space. The Youth Opera Project accepts everyone ages 7–18, regardless of skill level. No prior experience is necessary. 

Seattle Opera is committed to providing opportunities for youth and families to experience opera. Limited financial assistance is available.


Rehearsals: Thursday evenings and Saturdays, October 2018 through March 2019
Performances: Four performances March 1, 2, and 3, 2019


  • Rehearsals: Theater Puget Sound studios at the Seattle Center Armory and Seattle Opera Rehearsal Studios at Seattle Opera's New Home
  • Performances: Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle

Program fee: $950 ($190 per month, Oct. through Feb.)
Includes a minimum of 90 rehearsal hours with professional music and stage directors.
Limited financial assistance is available. For more information, email

Participants are organized into groups based on age and skill level, with additional consideration based on a placement audition. The age groups are:

  • Overture (preparatory chorus)
  • Crescendo (intermediate chorus)
  • Advanced Ensemble (teens)

Participants are also joined by members of the Teen Vocal Studio, Seattle Opera's college preparatory training program.


March 1, 2, & 3, 2019
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
Tickets: Youth 18 & Under: $5; Adults: $15. Nobody will be turned away for inability to pay.

After a glorious victory, Odysseus and his courageous crew face monsters, tempests, sorcery, and the gods themselves during their epic journey home. The Northwest premiere of this new adaptation explores the lines between heroism and recklessness, pride and hubris, perseverance and obstinacy. In recounting this timeless story, the Youth Opera Project examines choices that guide and foster our humanity.

Music by Ben Moore
Libretto by Kelley Rourke
Commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival, 2015

More information

Thursday, June 14, 2018 4:00 PM         
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Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:00 AM         
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