Opera in a Trunk

Explore an Opera
In your classroom

Opera Trunks are a simple, fun, and informative way to introduce your students to the world of opera.

Each trunk is filled with costumes, props, activities, books, DVDs, CDs, and a study guide that will bring opera to life for your students.

 

  • Free of Charge 

  • Can be borrowed for three weeks at a time.

  • Recommended for grades K-6

Opera Trunks:

Hansel and Gretel

Humperdinck

Based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Humperdinck’s musical retelling of the story of two mischievous children who discover a delicious gingerbread house hiding a wicked secret combines fantasy, adventure, catchy folk-type songs, and beautiful music.

The Daughter of the Regiment

Donizetti

A feisty orphaned tomboy raised by French soldiers must convince her “fathers” to let her marry a peasant. A comedy with a happy ending, featuring vocal acrobatics such as the show-stopping “Ah, mes amis (Ah, my friends).”

Carmen

Bizet

Music that pulsates with the spirit of Spain, including many opera favourites such as the famous “Habanera,” and the rousing Toreador Song.

The Magic Flute

Mozart

A fanciful fairytale about a prince out to win his princess with the help of a merry bird catcher.

Aida

Verdi

The grandest of grand operas, Aida is an epic love story about an Ethiopian princess who longs to be with Radames, leader of the Egyptian army that conquered her homeland.

La Bohème

Puccini

One of the most romantic operas of all time, a coming-of-age story about love and loss in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1830s.

My students loved the trunk. They enjoyed the costumes and using the props. They were captivated by the DVD…the trunk opened up a new world for them to explore. It has given birth to a few young and budding opera lovers I am sure.– Susan Wenzlawski, Educator, Winnipeg South Academy Montessori

Thanks so much for providing the Opera in a Trunk each year! I use it with my students from K-6 and they love it! They especially enjoy the opportunity for creative dress-up play with the costumes and props in the trunk and love becoming the characters that they’ve learned about in the opera. A great resource!– Laura Steidl, Music Specialist, Westgrove School