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For the last 20 years, thousands of students along the eastern seaboard have enjoyed an innovative musical program, SO THIS IS OPERA. Lyric soprano and music educator Yvette Lewis has developed this unique, multifaceted program to introduce young audiences to the world of opera. Each component of SO THIS IS OPERA has been carefully crafted to enhance the operatic learning experience of your students.

The program features operatic arias, storytelling and audience participation. It is accompanied by a teacher guide that includes interdisciplinary and interrelated teaching strategies designed to enhance your student’s appreciation and understanding of opera. Students learn the technical and artistic elements of opera.

A residency program is also available to individual classes. Students take an in-depth look at several operas with the help of videotapes and recordings. Students also have an opportunity to learn and perform an operatic ensemble or mini scene. The length of residency determines this activity.

About the Artist

Yvette Lewis is a lyric soprano who has performed extensively throughout the world including Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, and Spoleto Festival in Melbourne, Australia. She currently serves on the White House Commission for Presidential Scholars and the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Board. She performs her children’s operas in more than 150 schools each year and conducts workshops for teachers. She has also taught elementary general music and written music curriculum for Maryland public schools.

What are parents and teachers saying?

Thank you so much for teaching me to sing opera. The Bully Goat was great!
– Myles, student, Folger McKinsey Elementary School

Washington Elementary:
Outstanding educator as well as entertainer! We want Ms. Lewis back for a residency.
Mrs. Lewis did an awesome job with our students!
“Outstanding rapports with students”

St. Timothy’s:
2nd graders got into it BIG time!
Excellent – the children were singing opera in the room for 2 days!
Wonderful!

Baileywick Elementary:
Students who turned their ‘noses up’ prior to the performance now say they love opera! Great show!
~Kindergarten teacher