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Seattle Opera.

The Youth Opera Project

The Youth Opera Project

October 2019 – March 2020

The Opera Center, 363 Mercer St

$950. Financial assistance is available.

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

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 equitable access to the arts. Financial assistance is available.


February 7, 8, and 9
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
Youth 18 & under: $5; Adults: $15

In this parable based on the works of Oscar Wilde, a gilded statue of a beautiful Prince suddenly comes to life. The Prince, realizing the destitute state of the home he once ruled, enlists the help of an unassuming Swallow to deliver gifts to those in need. Observing the charity of the Prince and his feathered friend, the townsfolk newly realize the importance of generosity and empathy. Featuring a delightful cast of birds, frogs, and fireworks, this colorful and heartwarming presentation of the Youth Opera Project is performed by youth ages 7–18.



Rehearsals: Thursday evenings and Saturdays, October 2019 through February 2020
Performances: Early spring 2020; dates to be determined
Exact program dates subject to change.


  • Rehearsals: The Opera Center, 363 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
  • 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.
Seattle Opera is committed to providing equitable acess to the arts. Financial assistance is available. For more information, email programs@seattleopera.org.

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): ages 7–8
  • Crescendo (intermediate chorus): ages 9–12
  • Advanced Ensemble (teens): ages 13–18

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


Auditions for the 2019/20 Youth Opera Project occurred in May 2019 and are now closed.

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