Opera4Kids is an arts education non-profit that uses the transformative power of live vocal and classical music performances to educate children about theater and music in a culturally enriching environment.  

We sing to kids!

Music matters

to ALL kids!

Did you know that music and the performing arts can help children with their thinking skills, as well as language, emotional, and social development?

Music is important for children to explore their imagination and creative skills.  Opera4Kids fills the void that can be present with school cut backs in the visual and performing arts.  We provide lasting memories for families and encourage positive thinking through music storytelling!

How you can help!

Your kind contribution will sponsor a child to attend a live performance, participate in a singing workshop, or perform live with an Opera4Kids production!

 
 

Give a child the gift of music!

There are many ways to contribute to Opera4Kids that will make a difference.  For example:

$50 Contribution will Sponsor a child to attend a live opera performance especially designed to expose them to a variety of composers in a fun and interactive show created especially for children!

$1000 Contribution will Sponsor a live performance at a school thus allowing 50-100 children to attend a live presentation of an Opera4Kids performance and an interactive workshop after the performance.

 

Professional

Opera Singers

Opera music combined with

Stories for young audiences!

 

Live Performances

Storytelling and imagination are important for early child development.  Opera4Kids presents original productions performed by professional opera singers and musicians.  Taking a child to the theater enhances communities, encourages make-believe and raises emotional well being with positive stories and uplifting classical music!

School VISITs

With many school districts cutting theater and music from their classrooms, Opera4Kids gives fun imagination workshops to schools!  Professional opera singers come to sing for the children, teach them about the joys of classical music, expose them to musical instruments and teach them songs to sing.  Assemblies and special performances are also arranged!

Community

workshops

Music brings children together!  Opera4Kids offers workshops that encourage imagination and storytelling through singing and music.  Workshops are offered for church and synagogue groups, pre-schools, private parties, festivals, and opera companies.  Very often we combine workshops with our live performances!  We even have space to include the children IN our live production and have them on stage with professional singers!

 

THE REVIEWS ARE IN and Singing our Praises!

“I thought, as did all of the audience members, that today’s concert was OUTSTANDING!!  It was pure perfection.  The children were completely engaged and enthralled, as was I.

Bernardo and Victoria had fantastic rapport with the kids, and the SD Children’s Choir was a wonderful addition.”

 

Longtime concert attendee & donor

Classics4Kids Performance

“Today, my husband, my 2 grandkids, and I came to your Enchanted Tail performance. It was a wonderful program...the orchestra, opera singers, children's choir, and the opera story were outstanding. What a great opportunity for the students and their chaperones in the audience as well as my grandkids to be introduced to such a marvelous music experience!”

 

Retired music teacher & classroom docent

Classics4Kids Performance

“The props were really fun and
got the kids involved.”
“The props were really fun and
got the kids involved.”
- HAPPY PARENT
"My girls loved the witch!"
- HAPPY PARENT

"I am so impressed with Opera4Kids. They are a talented group of professionals and their delightful production of "The Enchanted Tail" totally engaged our musical theatre students. I look forward to working with them again in the future."
 

Donna Marie Minano

arts educator and co-founder

Inland Valley Repertory

"I took my surrogate granddaughters (ages 4 and 6) to your Classics for Kids performance a couple of weeks ago and they were absolutely mesmerized!!!!! Seeing the look on the faces of those 2 little girls- well, it’s exactly why you’re doing what you’re doing. They’re still singing the songs and their mom is wondering if you have a soundtrack available so they can sing in the car. Thank you for your excellent performance!!! You might have created lifelong opera lovers!"

 

Former Docent and surrogate grandma

Classics4Kids Performance

"First off, we loved it. My son sat in my lap and was rapt the entire time. I think the run time is PERFECT. And all the elements are so spot on! From the design (love those water colors on the projector) to the costumes (the fox outfit is so cute and just cartoonish enough), the lyrics are so clever and easy enough for the kids to follow, and both of your performances! You guys sound so amazing, and the amount you play directly to the kids is just enough. He followed the whole story and he's still not even 4!"

 

Broadway performer

Classics4Kids Performance

"I can’t believe it’s never occurred to me until just now to get a video of “my little girls” singing it- you have no idea how much they LOVE The Enchanted Tail!!   But I’ll be with them again soon, and I’ll ask their mom if I can video them and send it to you.

Thanks, Victoria!"

 

Happy Grandmother

The princess and the fox by Susie, 3yrs old

"Enchanted Tail serves as a delightful introduction to opera for all ages. It takes some of the most recognizable music from the vast operatic repertoire and creates an original story that is humorous, relevant, and engaging to children of all ages. Any child with even a passing interest in theatre or music will instantly be charmed by this inventive piece, and adults will spend the rest of the day humming the delightful tunes."

 

Edward Wilensky
Director of Communications

San Diego Opera

"You all are amazing! It was a packed house and I wish we had more of a performance space for you all to utilize. The space while intimate and familiar to our kiddos, turned in to a concert “pit” situation with the amount of fandom you all created. Kids on shoulders and on top of walls and standing in the other rooms, spilling out to the halls and into the main museum exhibits; it was wonderful to see!"

Victoria McKellips
Senior Membership Coordinator
The New Children's Museum

“All three of my kids (different ages) were paying attention!!!!”
- HAPPY PARENT
“My 4-year-old sat down for longer than 30 minutes! It was incredible.”
- HAPPY PARENT
“I might be able to convince my boys to go to other performances now.”
- HAPPY PARENT

"The Enchanted Tail has it all! Professional singing, an accessible and engaging story, and real audience interaction. They had the students hanging on their every word!"

John Gabriel
Education Director

San Diego Opera

I had the pleasure of seeing "The Enchanted Tail," an original one-act fairy tale opera presented by Opera4Kids. The children were engaged and actively responding to the story throughout the performance.
Most opera I've seen written for educational purposes have been either original, unfamiliar music, or truncated versions of full-length operas. The writer of "The Enchanted Tail," Victoria Robertson (who also performed the role of Witch/Princess) intertwined her lyrics with well-known classical themes. What an inventive way to introduce students to classical music standards!  I highly commend Opera4Kids for their fresh and fun approach to introducing children to classical music. Any school or youth organization would benefit from a presentation of this delightful production.”

 

Wendy Kikkert

Former President

The Intimate Opera Company

The Enchanted Tail performance was an absolute hit with our families at The New Children's Museum!  We had a line across the entire Museum floor to get in...and once the performance started, the children were absolutely entranced.  Most of the children were between ages 2 and 5, and they managed to remain engaged for the entire performance (which is an incredible feat).  They hung on Victoria's and Bernardo's every word (note!) and enthusiastically interjected with "bravos" and applause at the right moments, as prompted by the performers.  

The show was perfect for our audience--it was well paced, entertaining and funny, yet also instilled important lessons about friendship and empathy...with the bonus of introducing the "littles" to opera as an art form and teaching them how to be good audience members--a lesson that they will carry for their entire lives.  And, as a parent, it was a rare pleasure to enjoy every minute of the performance myself (I can't say that my toddler and I enjoy the same entertainment very often!).  Victoria and Bernardo are incredibly talented, professional opera singers--the real deal.  Their trained voices rang out and reverberated through the Museum, enchanting us all, even those (children and adults alike) experiencing opera for the very first time.

 

Erin Decker
Vice President, Development
The New Children's Museum
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Fun articles!

The Mozart effect

(Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine)

Music and the Child

(MILNE Publishing)

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